These classes are specifically designed as a fun and interactive way to allow dancing to be utilised as a tool to enable older adults, and those living with common chronic and neurological conditions (such as Parkinsons, MS, Stoke, dementia and other physical and mental disabilities) to experience the joys of music & dance, and to be able to move freely through their daily routines.
The research into the health benefits of dance is extensive: Dancing promotes balance, improves mobility, increases strength and builds confidence to name but a few. All this while learning a fantastic new skill of dancing! But most importantly we laugh and have fun whilst building a supportive community along the way.
Session are FUN, interactive, we use Latin and Ballroom Dancing inspired moves.
Our Power of Dance programmes are designed to slow down the progression of Parkinson’s/MS by using dance at a variety of physical levels, while stimulating the neuroplasticity of the brain.
Our care home and dementia programmes utilise group activity based dance and music to engage participants through multiple senses, including touch, sound, and sight. Sessions are highly interactive and personalised. We are currently working with over half a dozen care-home providers throughout Christchurch (references available on request).
Power of Dance Classes for Individuals:
- Group Classes are on Tuesday’s 10am to 11am (standing class) and 11am to 12pm (seated class) are held at Mt Pleasant Centre, 3 McCormacks Bay Rd, Mount Pleasant. Cost $7 per person.
- Personalised one on one dance sessions from $40 (when a room/space is provided). $65 when room rental is needed.
Get access to 2 live online classes a week
Tuesday’s 10am, Thursdays 2pm and Fridays 10:30am (NZST)
The price for membership is $40 per Month.
Investment for Homes
Care homes for the elderly and dementia care homes:
Personalised programme delivered at your location, includes all travel costs to Christchurch locations:
- $60/half hour
- $75/for 45 minutes
We also offer two 30min Live online classes a week for Rest Homes
Monday 2pm & Thursday 11am
$60 a month
Please contact us directly for more information
Frewbie, a Parkinson’s patient (who works with Adriaan from Dance to be Free), talking about Dance and ‘going big’.
For more details, please visit the Dance to be Free FaceBook page on this.
For further information:
Some articles and research that have been done on the benefits of dance:
- Parkinson’s disease and dance – National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine
- Effects of dance on movement control in Parkinson’s disease – NCBI
- Dancing proves a good move for people with Parkinson’s disease – The Guardian
- Dancing and the brain – Harvard Medical School
- Dancing with MS
- The best way to recover from cancer has been revealed Mirror UK
- Rhythmic motion can improve your health Harvard Health Publications
- Walk, Stretch or Dance? Dancing may be for the brain New York Times
- It can help with substance abuse, PTSD and shyness and more Anxiety.org
- The many health benefits of dancing Berkeley Wellness Univeristy of California
Support for individuals and families of those with Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis – Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Canterbury