Dance Well Classes

Set your mind and body free in dance

It’s never too late for anyone of any age to dance! Our Dance Well classes, free of charge and open to all, are led by veteran teachers of different dance genres. We welcome people living with or without Parkinson’s disease of all ages, along with their families, loved ones and carers. Join us to get moving while improving your posture, flexibility and balance in a welcoming and artistic environment!

Dance Well Features

An old man dancing with a young lady, they are facing each other, with their palms sticking to the others’, giving a sense of intersexual and intergenerational inclusion.
Open to All

Directed at people with Parkinson’s needs and their symptoms, teachers develop strategies responding to the needs of the pathology. However, the classes are open to everyone and a mixed group is absolutely essential: people living with Parkinson’s disease, caretakers, young people, elderlies, dancers and professionals from the health and social sectors.

In front of a mural with light blue background with a tree trunk, a few birds and some paper cranes, seven dancers reaching their hands towards the sky, heads looking up.
Artistic Locations

Location is essential in possessing aesthetic, cultural or artistic significance to inspire participants intimately. The harmony and dialogue with the environment contribute to making each class an artistic experience.

Ten dancers, hands in hands, looking towards each other, with genuine smiles on their faces, fully engaging in dance.
Bonding and Performance

Through regular participation in Dance Well classes, the group will be strongly integrated in cultural and social contexts. Performances will be organised to provide them with more opportunities to engage with dance and showcase their artistic growth: it’s no longer about Parkinson’s or not. They become a troupe of dancers both by themselves and public members.

A female dancer holding her hands in front of her face, with her wrists sticking together, fingers pointing towards different directions. There are some other dancers dancing behind her.
Artistic Proposal of Dance

Led by dance teachers, the focus is set on participants’ potentials rather than their limits. Participants are referred to as dancers, not patients.

Two female dancers open their arms and palms, facing and looking at each other.
No Right or Wrong

Every participant adapts the teacher’s proposal according to their physical capabilities, such as sitting down or standing up, small or big movement, slow or fast rhythm, while achieving artistic and expressive potentials. They are free to make their choice of approach. The intention and motivation of moving are most crucial.

A pair of hands in the air, ten fingers stretched, two palms facing towards each other.
Here and Now

Both teachers and participants search for artistic fulfilment and awareness in every moment. The class is presented as a continuous flow of music and dance, in which every instant is performative: for each movement, we look for emotional, concentration and physical participation of the person so that each lesson may be an hour of expressive and creative experience. Art is “here and now”.

A male dancer in front of a large painting, interacting with the man inside the painting, looking into his eyes, right index finger pointing to his eyebrow.
Use of Imagery

We are all experts when it comes to movement, no matter whether we have danced before, as we possess experiences of bodily gestures and actions. In Dance Well classes, participants are encouraged to draw from their daily life experiences of movement and senses to create artistic movements.

In front of a glass wall, a female dancer focusing on the communication between her own hands.
Use of Language

Effective speech and teachings are essential for teachers to channel artistic potential in the right direction, by identifying appropriate and effective imagery to create movements.

Two female dancers playing with a white paper plane, having fun on a purple and green carpet with some white papers on the floor, the smiles on their faces show that they are enjoying the joy of dance and creative movements.
Changeable Methods

The teachings are adaptable and modifiable in their essences. Starting from shared principles and goals, each teacher creates and offers his or her own class, through music, techniques and exercises chosen on the basis of his or her own dance genre, skill and preference.

A participant facing three teaching artists, with a male teacher demonstrating in the middle, two female teachers behind him, one providing explanations with a mic, another providing support by giving further demonstrations at the back.
Multiple Teachers in Class

Multiple teachers with one as the lead in a class to facilitate the group and supervise movements. The leading teacher in the group takes turn in the class group, exposing participants to different practices. Communication between teachers is essential. On-the-job artistic and theoretical trainings are offered to enhance overall professional competence and keep abreast of the Dance Well approach.

The dance classes take place at artistic spaces, where participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. It is a generative and transformative journey that supports processes of solidarity, community building and social cohesion. Participants are encouraged to overcome isolation by looking at limits as opportunities, and to redefine the concept of beauty and excellence through creative and artistic expression.

Dance Well is also an artistic practice that incorporates different rehabilitation strategies to bring a positive impact on the quality of life of people living with Parkinson’s disease through dance. The practice has been investigated and monitored by a research team from NYU Grossman School of Medicine in New York and Fresco Academy in Italy, who are research leaders in Parkinson’s disease studies. It was also included in the World Health Organisation Report 2019 to illustrate how dance can promote psycho-physical well-being.

Come and explore our latest activities

  • Quarryside (Quarry Bay)

    Free of charge

    May 28 2024 ~ July 16 2024

    Every TuesdayNo. of Sessions: 8

    *Registration is currently FULL*
  • The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

    Free of charge

    July 17 2024 ~ September 4 2024

    Every WednesdayNo. of Sessions: 8

    *Registration is currently FULL*

Train-the-Trainer Programme

This 60-hour hybrid programme provides training for dance artists and arts practitioners who want to broaden their horizons and develop a speciality working with people with Parkinson’s Disease. You’ll go deeper into learning about the disease and modifying your movement teaching to improve the lives of the Parkinson’s population. This programme will expand your knowledge and expertise, enabling you to explore creative strategies to deliver the Dance Well class for specific Parkinson’s disease’s symptoms and individuals.