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

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

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Teacher Training Workshop

Perth, WA

February 15-16, 2015

Learn more and apply below!


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About Dance for PD® workshops

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Are you a trained dancer or dance instructor who is interested in making a greater impact in the community? Are you a therapist or movement practitioner who is excited to learn new techniques that expand and deepen your practice?

Our workshops are designed to enrich, inform and inspire a diverse group of individuals who want to introduce people with Parkinson’s to the joys and benefits of a customized dance experience. During Dance for PD® workshops, our specially-designed training modules, demo class and interactive sessions provide a wealth of information to experienced dance teachers and other interested participants.

Our Perth workshop, building on successful trainings in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, is designed primarily for dance teachers, although therapists, yoga, fitness and Pilates teachers, group coordinators, Parkinson's community leaders, carepartners, allied health professionals and others are warmly invited to attend through our Professional Enrichment program. We're particularly interested in working with movement practitioners who can be teacher assistants in local Dance for Parkinson's classes. More information about our training program is available here.

Since 2007, more than 600 people from 30 U.S. states and 17 countries have participated in Dance for PD® workshops, developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group in New York.

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Workshop details

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The workshop will take place Sunday, Feb. 15 and Monday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the King Street Arts Centre studios in partnership with Ausdance WA:

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King Street Arts Centre
357 – 365 Murray Street Perth, WA 6000

Facilitators include Dance for Parkinson's Australia Program Coordinator Erica Rose Jeffrey and experienced Dance for PD® teaching artists from the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, NY.

Download a printable flyer here.

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.

"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


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AU$250 Non-members
AU$200 Ausdance WA members
Please inquire about additional professional discounts.

Tuition includes all printed materials and sessions, as well as a one-year Dance for PD® program membership, which provides special access to continuing education materials and tools (an AU$48 value).You'll also have access to our international teachers' listserv.

Dance for PD® DVDs and music CDs will be available for purchase during registration and onsite at the workshop.

No payment is required to apply. Please click below to complete our application.

We will notify you upon acceptance into the workshop and will include final registration and payment information at that time.

"This was an exceptional experience, and I feel priviledged to have had this opportunity! If all dance classes were this inspiring, educational and uplifting, everyone would dance!"—2012 workshop participant

See Mark Morris Dance Group live!

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Enhance your workshop experience and see Mark Morris Dance Group perform Morris' acclaimed Mozart Dances as part of the Perth International Arts Festival--the company's first appearance in Perth.

In Mozart Dances, an 18-strong dance ensemble is joined by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and pianists Colin Fowler and Amir Farid in a monumental display of exquisite art. The performance exudes mastery of form – the inevitable consequence of Morris’ artistic and structural genius.

Performances run Feb. 13-15, 2015. For more information and tickets, please click here.

"If you could capture the essence of childhood play - the boundless energy; the un-selfconscious immersion in pretending; the relentless inventiveness; the sheer delight in creativity ... you'd have the Mark Morris Dance Group in Mozart Dances."—Austin Chronicle

Pre-register for the workshop

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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 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 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. An on-going collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, 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 (2005), the World Parkinson Congress in Washington, D.C. (2006) and at Neuroscience 2008 in Washington D.C. The program was recognized as a model program at the Society for the Arts in Healthcare’s annual conference (2010). The World Parkinson Congresses in Glasgow (2010) and Montreal (2013) included Dance for PD demonstration classes, and the program was presented two years in a row at the Parkinson's Unity Walk in Central Park. 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.

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

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