Dance for Wellbeing: With Parkinson’s

Dance class participants seated in chairs perform dance moves with raised arms

Dance for Wellbeing: With Parkinson’s
With Jacqui and Amy

Tuesday 1:15-2:15pm

Due to COVID-19, all classes are currently offered online only.

Please join our private Facebook group, Dance for Wellbeing Community where you can participate in online classes, stay in contact with classmates and tutors, or view the latest class via the YouTube playlist below.

For people with Parkinson’s, rigorous dance classes led by trained dance artists are becoming internationally recognised as an important, beneficial and welcome addition to the portfolio of 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 and communal environment. Dance classes emphasise expression, creativity, engagement and positive relationship building. No previous experience is necessary, and everyone — persons newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s, those with walkers and wheelchairs, family members and friends — are welcome to participate. Please note, this is not a social dance class, and it does not require you to come with a partner.

About the tutors

Jacqueline Simmonds

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.

Amy Macris

Amy Macris is an Occupational Therapist, dancer and dance teacher who trained in ballet and contemporary dance from a young age. Amy is passionate about making the joy of dance accessible to all and has been co-teaching CDTeens at Canberra Dance Theatre since 2015. Amy also taught ballet at Canberra Dance Theatre for several years. During 2019, Amy had the opportunity to work with the Dance for Wellbeing program and absolutely loved getting to know the wonderful groups involved.


Freely available online

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