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Teacher Training Workshop

Wellington, New Zealand

8-9 September 2018

Workshop highlights

Get specialized training in an acclaimed, award-winning 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 talented, passionate instructors in 25 countries.
► Participate in an actual Dance for Parkinson's class with members of the local 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

“In the consultation room, I often get on my soap box and give a little lecture about the important of physical activity, social interaction, mental stimulation…and Dance for PD gives all three of those.”—Neil Mahant, MD, neurologist and neurophysiologist, Westmead Public Hospital, Westmead Private Hospital, Sydney, Australia

We invite you to apply via the button below. Want to learn more about Dance for PD? Click here for more information.

Workshop presented by:

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About Dance for PD® workshops

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About Dance for PD® workshops and seminars

Since 2007, more than 1500 people from 30 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 brand new pre-requisite online course, please click here.

This workshop

Our Wellington workshop--the first training workshop of its kind in New Zealand--is designed primarily 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 participate in all group discussions and modules, while serving as advisors during 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. You will be required to complete an introductory online course in order to attend this in-person workshop.

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Workshop details

Erica Rose Jeffrey

Erica Rose Jeffrey PhD, Director and Lead Teacher for Dance for Parkinson's Australia. Additional local facilitation support provided by Rachel Horwell, PT, who originated Dance for PD-based classes in New Zealand.

Schedule: Saturday, 8 September and Sunday, 9 September from 9.00 - 18.00.

Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown, Wellington 6021, New Zealand.

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. Receive an acceptance letter from Dance for PD.
3. Complete the online course and assessment before the workshop.
4. Complete final registration and payment for the September workshop.

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

We gratefully acknowledge Parkinson's New Zealand and Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre for their support of training activities in New Zealand.


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Photo courtesy of Foundation for Community Dance (UK), Photographer: Rachel Cherry

Standard rate: NZD$295
Rate for DANZ and Dance for PD members: NZD$275

Tuition includes:
* all training modules and sessions
* a one-year Dance for PD® program membership with special access to continuing education materials and tools (a $65 value), and access to our international teachers' forum.

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

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.

Note about online course
Please note that workshop tuition does not include the pre-requisite online course (£65/NZD$126), which must be completed before the workshop. You'll receive details about the online course when you apply.

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

Pre-register for the workshop

Launch your training process with three steps:

1. Apply online through the pre-registration button below.

2. Complete our online course and assessment on your own schedule.

3. Join us for a live, in-person in Wellington.

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**Please note**: if you have already submitted a training application, please send an email to to pre-register for this workshop. You do not need to submit a second application.


About Dance for Parkinson's Australia

The Dance for Parkinson’s Australia program started through an initial Dance for PD® presentation at the National Parkinson’s Conference in Brisbane in 2012. Since then, Australian Program Coordinator 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.

About Dance for PD®

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 100 other communities 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.

For more information about Dance for PD®, please visit

About Parkinson's New Zealand

Founded in 1983, The Parkinson's New Zealand Charitable Trust (Parkinson’s New Zealand) is a community based, non-profit organisation, registered with the Charities Commission and reliant on funding from grants, bequests and donations. Parkinson's New Zealand administers 20 divisions and branches supported by a National Office in Wellington. The organization offers a number of programs and initiatives, including a community educator service, publications, a special interest group for people with early-onset Parkinson’s and their families, a library, seminars and conferences as well as national representation and lobbying on Parkinson's issues. Parkinson's New Zealand also provides information and educational services to non-members, health professionals and the general public. The organization works closely with other neurological organizations.

For more information about Parkinson's New Zealand, please click here.

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