Dance for Wellbeing
With Jacqui Simmonds and Debora di Centa
Available 12pm Tuesdays
3 November – 22 December 2020
$50 per person
Season theme: Going International
To music from places and cultures around the world, the tutors will lead you through dances of great variety, inspired by many societies, histories and geographies across our globe.
For anyone who wants to keep their body and brain active and healthy, regardless of their mobility, skill or age. Enrol any time and enjoy classes that fit your schedule!
Dance for Wellbeing: Online classes feed your body and spirit with music and movement, physically and mentally challenge you, and leave you feeling good! Research increasingly validates that dance is a unique vehicle, naturally combining multiple approaches to movement and exercise, confidence building and improved quality of life.
You will experience an hour of gentle exercise to music, as you’re guided through a carefully planned program of dance activities. Seated and standing options will be available throughout – and all you need is a clear space around you, a non-slip floor and a stable chair.
This class is suitable for people who experience chronic pain, arthritis, repetitive strain injury, chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis and other conditions, and/or those who wish to dance from the comfort of home.
Preview a class
Not sure Dance for Wellbeing is for you? Watch a sample class below!
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!’.
Please contact Dance for Wellbeing Programs Officer, Philip Piggin, via email or phone (02) 6173 3300.