Our three-year creative dance programme, launched in 2022, aims to develop a collaborative and cross-disciplinary approach and foster a non-labelling platform for artistic expression at arts spaces. With a focus on promoting psycho-physical wellbeing through body movement, the programme also aims to complement with conventional rehabilitation to creatively address the symptom-specific concerns of people with Parkinson’s disease.
In our second year, Dance Well teaching artists have successfully established co-creation strategies and specialised teaching approaches for working effectively with people with Parkinson's disease. They have also honed their skills to adapt movement teaching in gallery and museum settings. Through this transformative journey, Dance Well dancers (participants of Dance Well classes) experience psychological and physical empowerment while fostering solidarity and community building.
The Annual Sharing represents a crucial opportunity for mutual exchange, learning, and gaining further insights into improving the lives of the Parkinson's population through the arts. The forum will focus on collaborations and experiences, featuring sharing and discussions between professionals in dance education, social welfare, and the medical field.
Keynotes speakers include Mr Roberto Casarotto, the initiator of Dance Well in Italy and Co-director of Aerowaves, and Prof Sara Houston, Professor of Dance and Community Engagement at the School of Arts, University of Roehampton. Drawing inspiration from the successful Dance Well initiative introduced by the Municipality of Bassano del Grappa, Italy, and the Centro per la Scena Contemporanea in 2013, Mr Casarotto will share their extensive experience in dancing with Parkinson's disease and their elaborate Dance Well network worldwide. Prof Houston will bring insights on the value of dancing for people living with Parkinson’s disease.
The sharing will also include themed panel discussions, inviting representatives from the arts, social welfare, and medical sectors to review current collaborations and the development of dance for social impact and sustainability in Hong Kong.
Join us at the Annual Sharing as we celebrate the transformative power of dance and explore ways to enhance the lives of individuals with Parkinson's disease through artistic expression and community engagement. Together, we pave the way for a brighter future where dance serves as a catalyst for positive change!