Dance For Wellbeing

Dance class participants perform a seated dance in a gallery space

Dance for Wellbeing

Dance for Wellbeing: For Everyone
Dance for Wellbeing: With Dementia
Dance for Wellbeing: With Parkinson’s


COVID-19 UPDATE: All Dance for Wellbeing Classes Now Online

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we have moved all Dance for Wellbeing classes online. These classes are free and will be made available each week through Facebook and our Youtube channel

Dance for Wellbeing: With Parkinson’s | Tuesdays 1:15pm – 2.15pm

Dance for Wellbeing: With Dementia| Wednesdays 2pm – 3pm

Dance for Wellbeing: For Everyone| Postponed until Term 2

To remain connected during this time, please feel welcome to join our new private Facebook group, Dance for Wellbeing: Community where you can stay in contact with classmates and tutors.

If you have any questions or concerns about the new online classes and Facebook group, please feel free to contact Dance for Wellbeing Program Officer, Philip Piggin, via email or phone (02) 6173 3300.

An initiative of Belco Arts, the Dance for Wellbeing program is enabling us to provide regular dance classes for ACT communities with Parkinson’s, Dementia and other conditions.

There is a growing body of medical evidence strongly validating the importance of exercise in the maintenance of our wellbeing – physically, cognitively and socially. Dance ticks all those boxes in one fun package, and with a strong underpinning philosophy of accessibility and arts for all, Belco Arts is pioneering these programs in the ACT.

Family, carers and friends are very welcome to participate in the weekly classes, led by a team of inspiring and experienced independent dance tutors.

Dance at home!

Before you start dancing, please note:
1. Ideally check with your doctor first for a thumbs up.
2. If anything causes pain or discomfort, discontinue or modify it to suit you.
3. If you feel tired, rest, have a sip of water, and start again when you feel ready.
4. Take things at your pace. You might do a little every day, or once a month; you choose.
5. We recommend you follow the order suggested below, starting with a warm up and finishing with a cool down.
6. Each exercise is taught slowly, guiding you through the movements, and then it is danced at a faster pace with music.
7. Check you have a clear space at home where you can practice these dances; a solid chair – preferably without arm-rests; and a non-slip floor.

We would like to thank APRA AMCOS for providing a Domestic Use Video Licence for musical works and sound recordings featured in these videos, Aaron King (Creative Producer for Red Desert Productions), and the Dance for Wellbeing tutors (Gretel Burgess, Debora di Centa, Jacqui Simmonds, Jane Ingall).

More info

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

An initiative of Belco Arts, supported by Parkinson’s ACT. Thanks also to Musica Viva AustraliaCanberra Theatre CentreLorna Sim PhotographyAusdance ACT and the National Health Co-op.