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Parkinson's Australia National Symposium - Prosper 2020
Parkinson's Australia National Symposium 'Prosper' 2020
Parkinson's Australia National Symposium - Prosper 2020

Thinking like a dancer - Dance for Parkinson’s Australia

Presentation Description
This presentation will provide a brief overview of Dance for PD® and Dance for Parkinson’s Australia, highlighting international research and innovations focusing on the Asia-Pacific region. Further, the presentation will consider aspects of performance, artistic engagement, cross sector relationships and networks, professional development, research and connections to global networks. For people with Parkinson's disease, rigorous dance classes led by trained teaching artists are a way to create connections and to imagine possibilities. Dance classes are becoming internationally acknowledged as important, beneficial and welcome additions to the portfolio of recognized and researched exercise and therapy interventions. By approaching movement as dance students, not as patients, persons with Parkinson’s can focus on PD- specific concerns like mobility, balance, rhythm and flexibility in an enjoyable, social environment. Dance classes emphasise expression, creativity, engagement and positive relationship building. Dance is a unique vehicle, naturally combining multiple approaches to exercise, confidence building and an improved quality of life. It will also address innovations and adaptations to classes during COVID-19.  


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