Dance for Wellbeing: Fully Seated
With Debora and Gretel
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.
Designed for adults who prefer to remain seated, this class is also appropriate for residents of aged care facilities and retirement villages. It provides a fun and accessible way to keep the body and brain active and activated, regardless of mobility, skill or age. Dance is a unique vehicle, naturally combining multiple approaches to movement and exercise, confidence building and an improved quality of life. Participants will experience a gentle exercise class set to tantalizing toe-tapping music, including many firm ole’ favourites from times gone by. The class can be enjoyed fully seated on a chair – just ensure it is sturdy, on a non-slip floor, and preferably has some space around it. Tutors will guide participants through a carefully planned program of dance activities for the upper and lower body, sprinkled occasionally with some fun and engaging reminiscing.
“The presenters facilitate an energised, enthusiastic and dynamic environment. The attention, respect and honour shown to each participant is such an important, touching and distinguishing feature …and the capabilities of the participants are respected, and catered for, with a range of movements to suit the circumstances of each person in the group.”
Suitable for people who experience mobility challenges, chronic pain, arthritis and other physical and cognitive conditions.
About the tutors
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!’.
Gretel Burgess (M Social Work, BA Communication, certificate in Theatre and Dance) has performed overseas and taught for youth drama companies and dance theatres in Australia, including Canberra Youth Theatre, Canberra Dance Company, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts (Darwin), PACT Youth Theatre (Sydney) and NIDA holiday programs in Northern Queensland, Cairns and Canberra. Groups she has taught include asylum seekers on Christmas Island and the Multicultural Council for Refugees (Darwin). Gretel has spent the last four years combining her two passions, health and the arts, by peer facilitating a STEPS program for adults with stroke and acute brain injury through Queensland Health and facilitating dance and drama programs for both ARC Disability Services for adults and in aged care facility in Cairns, Queensland. She teaches Canberra Dance Theatre’s CDTeens and works as a facilitator for the Messengers Program at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
Freely available online
Please contact Dance for Wellbeing Program Officer, Philip Piggin, via email or phone (02) 6173 3300.