OFFBEAT - Dance for People with Parkinson's (Australia)

'I used to run Marathons', part of Canberra Dance Theatre's performance of Great Sport! at the National Museum of Australia (NMA) April 2016. Performed by OFFBEAT - the Canberra Parkinson’s Dance group. Choreographed by Philip Piggin and Jane Ingall | Music by Vangelis | Filmed by the NMA | Edited by Liz Lea

Photos by Lorna Sim

Photos by Lorna Sim

“Even with my two left feet, my Offbeat group is the highlight of my week. Thanks to the choreography of our fabulous leaders I am now finding my right foot!”

Parkinson’s ACT, with Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre, present the OFFBEAT dance program, specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s. Participants enjoy the fun and challenge of working their brain, body, memory and imagination in weekly sessions, and make many new friends in the process! Dancers are led through a carefully planned program of dance activities, and are taught by tutors Jane Ingall, Jacqui Simmonds and/or Philip Piggin, plus guest teachers from Australia and overseas. 

The program, now funded by ACT Health, has existed since 2013. It is based on the inspiring Dance for PD model commenced at the Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn, in 2001.

No previous experience is necessary, and everyone — persons newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s, others with walkers and wheelchairs, family members and friends — are welcome to participate. Please note this is not a social dance class, and it does not require you to come with a partner.

The group has had numerous performance opportunities in the ACT and beyond – and for its work I USED TO RUN MARATHONS is proud to be included in the 2017 Australian Dance Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance, granted to Liz Lea and Collaborators, for Canberra Dance Theatre’s performance of GREAT SPORT!