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Dance for Parkinson's

Research suggests dance can improve cognitive performance and reaction times, making it a useful treatment for a number of conditions, including arthritis, dementia, depression and Parkinson’s Disease.

In 2013, Queensland Ballet launched a pilot program offering specialised dance classes to people with Parkinson's Disease, based on the internationally recognised Dance for PD® program.

Learn more about the program and how you can get involved below!

Dance for Parkinson's

Pilot Program

The pilot program ran from October 2013 – July 2014, where Queensland Ballet partnered with the Queensland University of Technology – Creative Industries (Dance) and Health (Movement Neuroscience), and the University of Queensland – Health and Behavioural Sciences (Physiotherapy) faculties to conduct initial research into the effects of these dance classes.

This was the first study of its kind in Australia with results concluding that classes affected people living with Parkinson’s in multiple ways - including valuable physical, emotional, social, and cognitive benefits.

The pilot program and research outcomes continue to inform and support the ongoing delivery of these dance classes, which are delivered weekly all year round.

#Class costs

Anyone living with Parkinson’s, their carers, partners and friends, are welcome to participate in these wonderfully immersive artistic experiences.

Queensland Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s classes are made available with the support of Dance for Parkinson’s Australia.

Casual Class

Single Class Concession $22.50

4 Class Package

(This package is only available for Dance for Parkinson’s classes)
Concession $54

10 Class Package

Concession $ 136

Guest / Carer

One carer/supporter admitted per paying participant

Read class terms and conditions here.

#The Thomas Dixon Centre, home to Queensland Ballet

Queensland Ballet's home is at the Thomas Dixon Centre in West End.

406 Montague Road
West End 4101

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Everything you need to know to prepare for your class at Queensland Ballet.


Queensland Ballet members receive 10% off all dance classes, among other benefits.

What's on

Queensland Ballet offers other one-off dance workshops and events throughout the year.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. Long before we performed on this land, it played host to the dance expression of our First Peoples. We pay our respects to their Elders — past, present and emerging — and acknowledge the valuable contribution they have made and continue to make to the cultural landscape of this country.

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