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What's New At DWP!

COMING SOON – DWP's Second Intergenerational Dance Project: Bridging Generations Through Dance


DWP is thrilled to announce that thanks to The New Horizons For Seniors Program and the Ontario Arts Council we will be embarking on our 2nd Intergenerational Dance project “Bridging Generations Through Dance”.

This project brings our DWP dancers together with young dancers from the School of CCDT to create an original piece of dance and art that will be shown to the public in February 24th 2019.

DWP at the Brain Bonanza Exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Brain Bonanza

On June 9th 2017, DWP had the opportunity to present demo classes at the Canadian Museum of Nature in association with The Ontario Brain Institute’s Brain Bonanza exhibition. Both, Sarah Robichaud (Founder of DWP) and Lhara Eben (DWP Instructor) had so much fun showcasing the work that DWP does every day. DWP would like to extend a big thanks to the Ontario Brain Institute and the Canadian Museum of Nature for hosting an intellectual, interactive and stimulating event which helped showcase the research, neurotech and interactive activities related to brain health from the Ontario neuroscience community.

First International Symposium on Dance and Wellbeing!


On May 25th 2017, our Founder, Sarah Robichaud, along with her fellow instructors, Miriam Schacter and Robin Dempsey, presented an experiential workshop at the First International Symposium on Dance and Wellbeing hosted by Les Grands Ballet Canadiens in Montreal.

DWP at The Victory Summit


On October 14th 2017, Sarah Robichaud got the whole crowd of 700 dancing at the Victory Summit conference!

The conference is an international event that provides an opportunity for everyone to learn about the most up to date advancements in Parkinson’s related matters and connect with others to share their stories.

Muir Foundation hosts charity golf tournament for DWP!


On September 15th 2017, the Muir Foundation hosted a full day of golf, fun, laughter and food at the 2nd annual DWP charity golf tournament.

DWP is so grateful to the Muir foundation for organizing an exceptional golf tournament that raised 10 thousand dollars to help keep our dancers dancing!

The Muir foundation honors Graham Muir who along with his wife Marie attend as many DWP classes as they can.

DWP thanks The Muir Foundation and all of the volunteers who worked so hard to make the golf tournament such a huge success.

Sarah Robichaud speaks at ‘Healing in the Arts’ talk at UHN April 28th


On April 28th 2017, our executive director Sarah Robichaud delivered a talk to patients, families and the medical community about the healing benefits of Dancing with Parkinson’s at Western Hospital.

The whole audience had a chance to experience the joy of moving to music!

DWP’s Intergenerational Project 2017


Thank you to The New Horizons for Seniors Program and The Toronto Arts Council for making the DWP Intergenerational Dance Project 2017 a huge Success!.

Please visit Intergenerational Dance.

Our Founder Sarah helps out a First Nation Community with Dance! Pikangikum First Nation Intergenerational Dance Project

In the 2017 School Year our Founder, Sarah Robichaud, took many of the DWP methods to a very underserved First Nation community in crisis. The result was a stunning performance for the community on June 7th, 2017. The piece was based on the personal stories of the seven sacred teachings.

Read Toronto Star Article.

Norman Doidge and John Pepper Present to DWP

DWP was so honoured and grateful Dr. Norman Doidge and John Pepper for coming to present to the DWP dancers about the neuroplasticity benefits associated with exercise! Dr. Doidge is a bestselling author of The Brain That Changes Itself and The Brains Way of Healing. He chronicles working with John Pepper who after 40 years of living with PD has managed to minimize many of his symptoms due to a method he refers to as 'conscious walking'. Our students were all very intrigued and inspired to continue to move and stay active in a conscious way.

Ontario Brain Institute Evaluation Update. 

DWP,  along with the Evaluators from The Centre of Complex Health Interventions have successfully completed a one year evaluation funded by the Ontario Brain Institute

The purpose of this evaluation was to develop a deeper understanding of the mechanisms through which the program impacts the lives of DWP participants and their caregivers.  

Enjoy the evaluation video created by the Ontario Brain Institute Team.

Dancing with Parkinson's Evaluation Video

DWP presents at The Conference Board of Canada's Healthy Brain Conference

On March 2nd 2016, Sarah Robichaud, founder of DWP has been invited to speak at the Healthy Brain Conference held in Toronto, highlighting Healthy Active Living and Brain Health in Older Adults. This conference spotlights programs and activities that are making a difference in the quality of life and well being of older adults. Guests in attendance will include researchers, those in the medical field, caregivers, as well as the private and public sector attendees. 

Canadian Living Magazine shout out!

We are proud to announce this March, Sarah Robichaud is featured in The Canadian Living magazine in an article profiling six Canadian Superheros improving the lives of people in their communities and beyond.

University of Toronto Physiotherapy Research Paper

Dancing with Parkinson's was thrilled to be asked to be part of a research study executed by the Physiotherapy department of the University of Toronto.
To read the full published article please click here:

Thank you, Koffler Gallery 

DWP would like to thank the Koffler Arts Gallery for hosting our dance students this past November for an informative and interactive afternoon of dance and creation. Thank you to Isabel Rocamora for the inspiring and thought provoking art installation.