Dance for Wellbeing: For Everyone

Dance class participants hold hands in line as they go through dance moves

Dance for Wellbeing: For Everyone
With Jacqui Simmonds and Debora di Centa

Update due to coronavirus

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we are postponing all Dance for Wellbeing classes presented by Belconnen Arts Centre for the foreseeable future. Your health and safety are the most important things to us, and we will be working as quickly as we can to find ways to redesign the program so it can be presented safely. We will do everything we can to keep the classes connected during the coming weeks while it isn’t possible for us to come together in person. We will keep you up to date as we work out the details.

In the mean time, keep dancing at home using our online instructional videos, available for free here.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to dancing together again very soon!

Designed for adults who want to keep their body and brain active and healthy, regardless of their mobility, skill or age. Please come and feed your body and spirit with music and movement, be physically and mentally inspired and stimulated, have fun, meet some new friends and feel good! Dance is a unique vehicle, naturally combining multiple approaches to movement and exercise, confidence building and an improved quality of life. You will experience gentle exercise to music, much of it taking place sitting in a circle of chairs, as you’re guided through a carefully planned program of dance activities.

Suitable for people who experience chronic pain, arthritis, repetitive strain injury, chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis and other conditions.

About the tutors

Jacqui Simmonds (BA, MFA) has been involved in dance education for over three decades, developing, directing and delivering tertiary dance degrees, and in senior management, overseeing student engagement. Jacqui’s approach to teaching dance is underpinned by a comprehensive understanding of the body in movement and of the elements of dance, and ongoing exploration of making dance accessible to everyone. She is currently working with Ausdance Victoria to develop a Creative Ageing Skill Set, teaching dance to older people. Jacqui is Artistic Coordinator for Canberra Dance Theatre and Co-Artistic Director for CDT’s GOLD Company. A qualified Iyengar yoga teacher, she also teaches at Canberra Yoga Space.

Debora di Centa is a Canberra-based independent dance artist and choreographer. Debora grew up in Italy and started dancing at a young age. She has extensive training in ballet, jazz, contemporary dance and she is an expert in Laban Movement Analysis. Debora has studied and collaborated in dance works, research and performances with various artists and dance specialists around Europe, US and Asia. She teaches, performs, choreographs, and directs dance events and, since 2016, is leading the Canberra Contact Improvisation community, as well as training pre-professional contemporary dancers at Dance Development Centre Canberra. As an independent artist, she works through her label ISEMS PROJECTS. Her motto is ‘Dance for All!’.


$10 per person, per class

Paid carers and those accompanying Companion Card holders are free.

What to bring

Please wear clothing suitable to move in and light shoes, and bring a water bottle.


Participants do not need to enrol in advance, just turn up on the day. All new attendees need to complete a registration form at their first class, which is available at the front desk at Belconnen Arts Centre.

More info

Please contact Dance for Wellbeing Program Officer, Philip Piggin, via email or phone (02) 6173 3300.

Part of the Dance for Wellbeing program, an initiative of Belco Arts. Thanks also to Musica Viva AustraliaCanberra Theatre CentreLorna Sim PhotographyAusdance ACT and the National Health Co-op.