Dance for Wellbeing in the ACT, 2017-19

When: Details of the various classes at both arts centres are on the respective websites, and for further information contact Philip Piggin (Creative Program Officer, Belconnen Arts Centre), 02 6173 3300  or philip.piggin@belconnenartscentre.com.au
Where: Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre
Cost: Classes cost $5 each

There is a growing body of evidence strongly validating the importance of exercise in the maintenance of our well-being – physically, cognitively and socially.

Dance for Wellbeing is about to commence term 3 classes in Dance for Parkinson’s, Dance for MS and Dance for Dementia. This innovative 30 month program is supported by ACT Health, and is enabling Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre to work with a number of key partners to provide dance programs for those communities challenged by Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimers or Multiple Sclerosis.

There is a growing body of evidence strongly validating the importance of exercise in the maintenance of our well-being – physically, cognitively and socially.  Dance ticks all those boxes significantly, and BAC and TAC are pioneering these programs here in the ACT, with their strong underpinning philosophy of accessibility and arts for all.

Philip Piggin, Co-ordinator of the program and Creative Program Officer at BAC, expressed enormous delight and excitement on the announcement of the successful outcome from ACT Health.

“Such decisions reflect a visionary health department that fully understands and values the place that the arts plays in maintaining a healthy, active and connected society – all of these being key ingredients for a healthy and aging society.  This has enabled the ACT arts centres to pioneer programs at the intersection of arts and health practice that will be exemplars for other jurisdictions, and will place us solidly on the map for future generations.”

People with these health challenges, plus family, carers and friends are very welcome to participate in these weekly dance programs, led by a team of inspiring, experienced and diverse dance practitioners, including Jane Ingall, Gretel Burgess, Debora di Centa, Jacqui Simmonds and Piggin himself.

Please dress in clothes comfortable to move in, wear light shoes, and bring a bottle of water.

For more information, please visit www.belconnenartscentre.com.au

The Program is funded by ACT Health, and supported by Alzheimers Australia ACT, MS Ltd, Parkinson’s ACT, Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre.