Hamilton City Ballet (Canada)

Full class film

Presentation about HCB/McMaster research collaboration with Dr. Matthew Woolhouse.

Informational film


Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s is a series of ballet classes designed and created for people who have 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 a project called 'Creating Dance Technologies for People with Parkinson’s'. Through this initiative, Dr. Woolhouse has developed an interactive, screen-based dance technology for people with PD to use in the comfort of their own homes, based on choreography from Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s classes.

Join us as we dance together, and meet our students, volunteers and faculty, and learn about our ground-breaking research project.  It is an honour to be participating in the inaugural World Dance for Parkinson’s Day!

Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s; bringing hope through dance.


Contact information

Email: danceforparkinsons@gmail.com

Company website: http://www.hamiltoncityballet.com

Program website: http://hcbdanceforparkinsons.com/

Phone: 00+1+289-238-9855