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Dance for Parkinson's Australia, Queensland Ballet and Mark Morris Dance Group present

A Dance for PD®

Introductory Workshop

for dancers, dance teachers, students, therapists, and allied health professionals

Sunday, 8 December - Monday, 9 December 2019

Queensland Ballet, Brisbane, Queensland

We invite you to apply at the link below!

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► Learn best practices and methods from a certified Dance for PD teaching artist.
► Hone your teaching skills.
► Deepen your knowledge with our specially-created modules and acclaimed interactive sessions.
► Participate in an actual Dance for Parkinson's class with members of the Brisbane Parkinson's community.

"A dynamic workshop and a fabulous life experience. I could not have been more pleased with time well spent.”—Dance for PD workshop trainee

"Dance for PD® is a hands-down success. It’s one of the most important programs for Parkinson’s disease in the country."—Mary Ellen Thibodeau, RN
RI Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association

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About Dance for PD® workshops and seminars

Since 2007, more than 2,000 people from 40 countries have participated in Dance for PD® (Parkinson's Disease) workshops and seminars, designed and produced by the Mark Morris Dance Group.

Our educational programs are designed to enrich, inform and inspire a diverse group of individuals who want to learn about the unique approach of this internationally acclaimed community arts & health program from its original creators. To learn more about our complete four-step training program, including the pre-requisite online course, please click here.

This workshop

Our introductory workshop is specially designed to help dance teachers adapt your expertise to work effectively and comfortably with the Parkinson’s population under the guidelines and methodology of the Dance for PD® program. You'll cover special modules that focus on class structure, pedagogy and exercise design, and participate in a practicum class to develop class content and teaching techniques with founding teachers and other trainees, in addition to covering general modules about safety and working with Parkinson’s participants.

Although this workshop is specifically geared toward dance teachers, we welcome a diverse group of individuals who may be interested in the workshop for Educational & Professional Enrichment (EPE). In this workshop, you will attend as Active Auditors, participating in all group discussions and modules, while observing the teaching practicum on Day 2. The EPE program is designed to provide a comprehensive and intimate look at core components of the Dance for PD® program so that a wide variety of individuals without dance training or dance teaching experience can learn about our methods and benefit from our resources.

Our introductory workshops are non-certifying. Attendance at one of our introductory workshops is a prerequisite to qualify for our Dance Teacher certification program or Registered Teaching Assistant program.


Workshop details

Erica Rose Jeffrey PhD, Director and Lead Teacher for Dance for Parkinson's Australia.

Schedule: Sunday, 8 December and Monday, 9 December, 2019 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: Queensland Ballet Temporary Headquarters, 34 Beesley Street, West End, Brisbane 4101

Highlights: Comprehensive training modules, interactive teaching practicum, demo class, safety best practices, networking.

Credits: Earn up to 30 training credits toward the 50 credits required to be eligible for Dance for PD certification. Stay on and attend the Advanced Training workshop February 2-3 for additional training and credits.

Tuition: Standard rate: AU $299
Ausdance or Dance for PD Member rate: AU $269

Tuition includes:
* all printed materials and sessions
* a one-year Dance for PD® program membership with special access to continuing education materials and tools (a $45 value), and access to our international teachers' listserv.

You'll also be able to add any of our popular and widely-used instructional DVDs, video on demand subscriptions and music CDs to your order when you register.

Please note that workshop tuition does not include the pre-requisite online course (AU $125), which must be completed before the workshop.

To join us:

▪ Complete the application linked below to pre-register and hold a place
▪ Upon acceptance, complete the required online course and assessment (approximately 8-10 hours)
▪ Complete final registration and payment for the December workshop.
Complete the application linked below to pre-register and hold a place
Upon acceptance, complete the required online course and assessment (approximately 8-10 hours)
Complete final registration and payment for the December workshop.

Enrollment is extremely limited, and workshop places are available on a first preregistered first reserved basis. Our workshops tend to become fully subscribed very quickly.

No payment is required to apply. Please click below to complete our application. We will notify you upon acceptance into the training program. At that point, we will let you know about accessing the online course and provide more information about workshop registration.


For questions about eligibility or workshop content, please email admin@danceforpd.org.

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Workshop Reviews

"Extremely well coordinated, very respectful and appropriate content for a broad range of learners!"
—2012 workshop attendee

"This workshop was completely satisfying, both on personal and professional levels. I thoroughly enjoyed each day's activities and the way in which [the trainer] conducted the discussions and experientials. His teaching ability is outstanding, along with his understanding of group process...I feel uplifted and inspired by all I witnessed..."
—2012 Trainee

"My staff reported to me that this was the only training they had ever received in movement/exercise other than cursory information during nursing assistant or nursing training. They were so excited to start using the tools immediately and have other staff to partner with for spontaneous play with each other and the residents."
—2012 workshop attendee and assisted living facility senior manager

"I learned more than I could have ever imagined and I love to dance more than I ever imagined. I have already utilized some of your ideas into my treatment approaches with my patients and they have worked GREAT!"—2011 participant and DPT

Facilitator for this workshop


Erica Rose Jeffrey PhD is the director and lead teacher/trainer for Dance for Parkinson's Australia. Since 2001, she has been working to connect dance, empathy and peace. The first professional dancer to be selected as Rotary World Peace Fellow, she completed a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland with a research focus on dance connected to conflict transformation and peacebuilding. Her PhD (Queensland University of Technology) further investigated the connections of dance, empathy and peace.

Originally from Missoula, Montana, Erica Rose studied dance at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, graduating as valedictorian before joining Ballet Internationale. After dancing professionally for several years, she attended Indiana University on full academic and artistic scholarships as a Wells Scholar and graduated with degrees in Ballet and Mediation & Conflict Resolution. Involved in multiple communities, Ms. Jeffrey taught for the San Francisco Ballet Dance in Schools and Communities program in public schools, Luna Dance Institute and directed Marin Dance Theatre’s Let’s All Dance! Outreach program.

She was instrumental in launching the Parkinson’s Dance Project, Marin County’s first Dance for Parkinson’s program affiliated with the Mark Morris Dance for PD program. In addition to performing, she ran the dance company COUNTERPOINTE. Ms. Jeffrey has created the dance and conflict resolution education program, Moving Toward Peace and worked with the California Lawyers for the Arts youth education programs to integrate conflict resolution education and the arts. She has been the driving force behind successful Dance for Parkinson's programs in all major Australian cities, and has conducted more than a dozen teacher training workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Japan and China.

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Please note: If you've already submitted an application for our training program, please send an email to admin@danceforpd.org to notify us that you'd like to pre-register for the Brisbane workshop. You do not need to reapply.

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About Dance for PD®

The Mark Morris Dance Group's Dance for PD® program invites people with Parkinson's and their families in more than 300 communities and 25 countries around the globe to experience the joys and benefits of dance while creatively addressing symptom-specific concerns related to balance, cognition, motor skill, depression and physical confidence. Through its innovative, internationally-replicated classes, acclaimed teacher training program, and high quality media resources, Dance for PD​'s fundamental working principle is that professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge about balance, sequencing, rhythm and aesthetic awareness is useful to persons with PD. In class, teaching artists integrate movement from modern, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing, and choreographic repertory to engage participants' minds and bodies and create an enjoyable, social environment for artistic exploration.​​ Dance for PD has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Dance Magazine, The Guardian and hundreds of other publications,​and has been honored by several local, national and international awards, including the Parkinson Awareness Award, Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award, and the Sapolin Public Service Award from the New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. Peer-reviewed research from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Germany suggests that dance provides a range of benefits, including improved walking and short-term mobility, enhanced quality of life and self-efficacy, and improvements in mood and social inclusion among people with Parkinson's. Dance for PD, which began in 2001 as a collaboration between MMDG and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, leverages technology—live streaming, a popular instructional At Home DVD series, and an experimental App for Google Glass—to make the program more available to its diverse and expanding network of constituents around the globe. Evidence from 38 peer-reviewed scientific studies serves to underpin the effectiveness and benefits of the Dance for PD teaching practice.

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About Dance for Parkinson's Australia

The Dance for Parkinson’s Australia (DPA) program started through an initial Dance for PD® presentation at the National Parkinson’s Conference in Brisbane in 2012. Since then, DPA Director Erica Rose Jeffrey has worked with the dance and Parkinson’s communities to share the joys of dance classes for people with Parkinson’s. Working with Dance for PD® founding teacher and Program Director David Leventhal, the first Australian teacher training workshops were offered in May of 2013 in Sydney and Brisbane at Queensland Ballet. Dance for Parkinson’s Australia offers dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in ACT, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, and Victoria. In our classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative.

For more information about Dance for Parkinson's Australia, please click here.

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