Hamilton City Ballet (Canada)
Join Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s for the 2nd World Dance for Parkinson’s Day, as we explore what keeps us dancing. “I dance because…” explores the varied and individual reasons that inspire us all to dance.
Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s is a series of ballet classes designed and created for people living with Parkinson’s Disease. Launched in April of 2013, Hamilton City Ballet’s founding Artistic Directors, Melania Pawliw and Max Ratevosian are proud to be the first classical ballet school in Canada to offer this innovative and dynamic programme.
We dance to live classical music, with the music and choreography inspired by full length ballets. After more than an hour of dancing, everyone enjoys Cupcake & Friendship time following class. During this informal fellowship time, friendships are forged and renewed. Volunteers are pivotal in the delivery of our programme and offer partnering and encouragement to our students.
In May of 2014, a research collaboration was established with McMaster University. Dr. Matthew Woolhouse, of School of the Arts, initiated Creating Dance Technologies for People with Parkinson’s. This project is modelled on Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s and is a ground-breaking, interactive program for people with PD for use in their own homes.
Join us as we dance together, and meet our students, volunteers, faculty members and community partners, and learn about our groundbreaking research project.
Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s; bringing hope through dance.