Canada's National Ballet School: Sharing Dance - for people with Parkinson's (Canada)

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Sharing Dance is Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) community initiative to get people across the country enjoying the physical and psycho-social benefits of dance. Sharing Dance for People with Parkinson’s was developed with the support of Dance for PD®, Dancing with Parkinson’s Canada and Parkinson Canada. Weekly classes are offered free of charge at the ballet school by NBS artistic staff. Once a month, classes are also livestreamed so that people across the country may participate from home.

Unique to our program is its connection to research. NBS launched its program in tandem with a study by York University and Ryerson University researchers exploring the benefits of dance for people with PD. The main objective of their research project is to understand both the physical and neurological effects of dance in people with PD. Participants of this Sharing Dance program are welcome to also take part in the research study, but it is not a requirement.

NBS is also a proud partner in the Dance for Parkinson’s Network Canada. This consortium, launching in April 2017 aims to improve accessibility to dance programs for people living with PD and expand program offerings and classes in communities across Canada.

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