We dance to live classical music at every Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s class. Musicians Anita Hiripi and Máté Szigeti are attentive to the student’s participation and adjust the tempos to reflect their progress.
Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s class starts with everyone seated in a circle. Exercises can be modified so that everyone is able to dance.
© Andie Parton 2013
As class progresses, barre work begins. We use the backs of our chairs as a barre and proceed with exercises designed to warm up our bodies. Exercises are modified for students who are seated.
After barre work, we proceed to the centre and dance. Everyone dances together.
At the end of class, we join hands in a circle and “pass the pulse” around the circle. Each person turns to their neighbour, curtseys with a small bow and squeezes their hand, to pass the pulse.