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Join us for a

Teacher Training Workshop

Melbourne, Australia

13-14 October 2018

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

Workshop highlights

► Learn best practices and 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 16 countries.
► Participate in an actual Dance for Parkinson's class with members of the Melbourne 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.

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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 Melbourne workshop 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

Workshop details

Erica Rose Jeffrey, Dance for Parkinson's Australia Program Coordinator. Click here to learn more about Erica Rose.

Schedule: Saturday, 13 October and Sunday 14 October, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Chunky Move
111 Sturt St, Southbank
VIC 3006, Australia

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. Attend the Advanced Training workshop 15-16 October for additional training and credits (see below).

Note: The Melbourne International Arts Festival, a presenting partner of this workshop, is one of Australia's leading international arts festivals presenting unique international and Australian events in the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia, free and outdoor events 3-21 October. Learn more here.

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)
▪ Once you pass the assessment, complete final registration and payment for the October 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)
Once you pass the assessment, complete final registration and payment for the October 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.

Advanced Workshop

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Workshop photo courtesy of People Dancing. Photographer: Rachel Cherry

An advanced training workshop will take place in Melbourne 15-16 October. You may add on this training to the introductory workshop for an discount bundled rate. Or, to register for the Advanced Workshop separately, please click here. Successful completion of the introductory workshop is a pre-requisite for participation in the the advanced training. The advanced workshop is worth 20 credits toward certification.


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Photo courtesy of People Dancing. Photographer: Rachel Cherry

AU$275 Non-members
AU$255 Ausdance/Dance for PD members

Please inquire about additional professional and group discounts.

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 $60 value), and access to our international teachers' listserv.

Tuition Bundles
AU$475 Intro + Advanced workshop (reg. AU$574)
AU$455 Intro + Advanced workshop for Ausdance/Dance for PD members (reg. AU$539)

Advanced workshop attendees who have participated in an introductory workshop already may join all or part of the 13-14 October sessions for a flat rate of AU$45.

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/AU$115), 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!"
—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..."

"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!"—2011 participant and doctor of physical therapy

Apply for the workshop

Please note: If you've already applied to our training program and have received approval, you do not need to reapply. Please send an email to admin@danceforpd.org indicating your interest in the Melbourne workshop and we'll add you to the pre-registration list.


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 and Victoria. In our classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative.

About Dance for PD®

Dance for PD® offers dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in New York City 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 Network UK 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.

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

For more information about Dance for PD®, please visit www.danceforpd.org.

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