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Join us for an

Introductory Training Workshop

Cape Town, South Africa

3-4 April

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Workshop highlights

Get training in an acclaimed global program that helps people with Parkinson's experience the joys and benefits of dance.

► Learn best practices and evidence-based methods from experienced teachers.
► Hone your teaching skills.
► Deepen your knowledge with our specially-created modules and acclaimed interactive sessions.
► Become part of a global network of passionate instructors in 25 countries.
► Participate in an actual Dance for Parkinson's class with members of the 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

We invite you to apply via the button below.

About Dance for PD® workshops

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About Dance for PD® workshops and seminars

Since 2007, more than 2,000 people from 42 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 training program, please click here.

This workshop

This workshop is designed to help qualified 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.

Our introductory workshops are non-certifying. However, trainees with dance teaching experience are able and encouraged to start teaching Dance for Parkinson's classes after completing this workshop and the online assessment.

Attendance at one of our introductory workshops is a prerequisite to qualify for our Dance Teacher certification program or Registered Teaching Assistant program. You will be required to complete a pre-requisite online course and assessment before you participate in the training workshop.

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Workshop details

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*Julie Symmonds, Dance for Parkinson's S.A.* founding teacher and director; Artistic Director of Turning Steps; Dance for PD Certified teacher

Schedule: Friday 3 April and Saturday 4 April, 2020 from 8.00 - 17.30.

Courses offered: Dance Teacher and Educational and Professional Enrichment tracks

NG Church
Gordon Road
Somerset West, Western Cape
South Africa

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.

To join us:

1. Complete the application linked below to pre-register and hold a place.
2. Complete online course and assessment before the April workshop
3. Complete registration and payment process through Dance for Parkinson's S.A. when prompted.
1. Complete the application linked below to pre-register and hold a place.
2. Complete online course and assessment before the April workshop
3. Complete registration and payment process through Dance for Parkinson's S.A. when prompted.

Enrolment is limited to ensure an optimal learning environment for
participants. Workshop places are available on a first preregistered first reserved basis.


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Tuition is R 4,100 (incl)

Course cost includes:
* 2 day training course
* Workbooks
* Access to Dance for PD® online resources
* 1 year Dance for PD® membership
* Mid-morning & -afternoon teas with snacks
Course cost does NOT include:
* Online course and assessment (USD82/GBP65)
* Travel & accommodation
* Meals
* Optional media (instructional DVDs and CDs)

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 provide more information about workshop registration.

Questions? Please send queries to turningsteps@adept.co.za.

Apply for the workshop

Workshop Reviews

"Extremely well coordinated, very respectful and appropriate content for a broad range of learners!"
—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....I feel uplifted and inspired by all I witnessed..."

"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."
—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!"— participant and doctor of physical therapy


About Dance for PD®

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Dance for PD® offers dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in Brooklyn, New York and, through our network of partners and associates, in more than 250 other communities in 25 countries around the world. Key global partners include Dance for Parkinson's Australia, the Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK, Dance for Parkinson's S.A., and Dancing with Parkinson's (Toronto) as well as organizations like Houston Ballet, English National Ballet, GOTRA Ballet (Netherlands), Canada's National Ballet School, and Queensland Ballet. In Dance for PD® classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. Founded as a collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn Parkinson Group and Olie Westheimer, the Dance for PD® program also provides teacher training and nurtures relationships among other organizations so that classes based on our model are widely available. The Dance for PD® method has been presented at the International Congress for Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders in Berlin, the World Parkinson Congress, and at the Society for Neuroscience. The program was recognized as a model program by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare. Features about the program have appeared on PBS NewsHour, NPR, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Reuters, and in The New York Times and USA Today, among others. The program has been honored by several awards, including the Parkinson Awareness Award , Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award, the Sapolin Award for Public Service from the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and the William Pearson Tolley Medal for Distinguished Leadership in Life Long Learning. Evidence from 38 peer-reviewed scientific studies serves to underpin the effectiveness and benefits of the Dance for PD teaching practice. More at www.danceforpd.org.

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