Dance can change lives! Sharing Dance Parkinson’s was created in partnership with Dance for Parkinson’s Network Canada, and is specially designed for people with Parkinson's Disease. Studies show that the area of the brain affected by PD is also used while dancing (Bar & DeSouza, 2016). Furthermore, behavioral studies demonstrate that dance is uniquely beneficial—improving gait, posture, balance, etc. (Shanahan et al., 2015). In addition to the physical benefits, dance also encourages social inclusion and personal and artistic expression. Click here
to read more about the Sharing Dance Parkinson's program and the benefits of dance for people with Parkinson's Disease.
– Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON
- Classes begin with seated dancing, followed by dancing in a standing position.
- Standing sections of the class include seated options for those who prefer to continue dancing in a seated position.
- Classes are designed to be physically, cognitively, and creatively stimulating and incorporate a variety of different musical and dance styles.
- Please dress in comfortable attire. Traditional dancewear is not required. Class can be done in soft dance slippers, socks, or non-marking/clean street shoes.
- Interested participants are asked to speak with their medical provider before registering.
- Each class is followed by a light community tea in the school’s main square.