Dance for Parkinson's Disease - Translating Knowledge into Action

Recent research has established the therapeutic benefit of dance as an intervention for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Despite this evidence, dance programs remain relatively underused. This needs to change!
 
NBS and partners are hosting two dance for PD events to help address the gap between evidence and practice so that patients, families, healthcare professionals, and other members of the community can learn about the benefits and participate in a dance class.

Event 1: April 11, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Atrium at Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON
 
Event 2: April 20, 2017
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Canada’s National Ballet School and via online livestream (stay tuned for more info about the livestream)
400 Jarvis Street
Toronto, ON

All are welcome and no experience with dance is necessary. The goal is to get more people trying dance and encourage more healthcare professionals to refer patients to dance for PD programs.
 
RSVP: If you are planning to participate in these events, please RSVP here. 

If you have any questions about these events, please email rbar@nbs-enb.ca

 
Event Program Details

Event 1: April 11, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Atrium at Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON
 
Celebrate World Parkinson Day by dancing!
 
Learn: 9am - 5pm
Drop by anytime and, through an interactive display, learn what the research suggests about the effects of dance on people with PD.
 
Dance: 10:30am and 2:30pm
Experience first-hand not only what a dance class for people with PD looks like, but what it feels like. People with PD, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals are all invited to participate in these classes. Classes will be taught by teachers from Canada’s National Ballet School’s dance classes for People with PD.
 
Discuss: 3:15pm - 4:15pm (TWH Auditorium - WW2-401)
Join the conversation about integrating dance into PD patient care. The event at Toronto Western Hospital will be supported by the Toronto Western Hospital Patient & Family Education program. 

Event 2: April 20, 2017
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Canada’s National Ballet School and via online livestream
400 Jarvis Street
Toronto, ON
 
Participate in an evening of dance and discussion!
 
If you miss the event on April 11, or would like to hear more, you have another opportunity to learn, experience and discuss dance for people with PD either in person or through an online livestream available at: http://capture.nbs-enb.ca/27/Live/1256.aspx

Learn: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Learn what the research suggests about the effects of dance on people with PD through an interactive display.
 
Dance: 6:30pm
Experience a dance class designed for people with PD and taught by David Leventhal, one of the founding developers of the renowned Dance for PD® program in New York. This class will be livestreamed—if you are unable to make it in person, you can participate from your living room or from the other side of the world!
 
Discuss: 7:15pm
We are excited to announce that David Leventhal, co-founder of Dance for PD®, will kick-off the discussion with a keynote address exploring the role of the arts in healthcare. Following his talk, a panel of researchers and experts in the fields of PD and dance will help guide us through the dance and PD research, and how it could most effectively be translated so that the benefits of dancing can reach more people with PD.
 
Reception: 8:15pm
Following the panel discussion, make your way to the reception where you will have an opportunity to further wander through the interactive display, and talk with other participants at the event about how, together, we will get the PD community dancing!

These events are generously supported by a gift from Richard and Heather Thomson, and in partnership with the following partners: