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What's New At DWP!


Markham Superwalk

On Sunday September 10th DWP will be offering a free demo class at the Markham Super Walk! Come and join us! Fred Varley Art Gallery at 11:30 am!


East End Super Walk

On Saturday September 9th DWP will be offering a free demo and warm up for the Eastend Super Walk at Ashbridges Bay. Join us at the opening ceremonies at 10 am!


The Victory Summit

Join DWP at the Victory Summit! On October 14th Sarah Robichaud will be leading a movement break at the Victory Summit conference! The conference is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the most up to the minute advancements in Parkinson’s related matters.


Holland Christian Homes Brampton Demo

On November 13th at 2:30 pm Sarah Robichaud will be offering a free demo class for all Brampton residents at the Holland Christian homes in Brampton. This demo class is open to everyone!


DWP celebrated 10 years!!!

Mark your calendar for our biggest bash yet! In March 2018 We will be celebrating our 10th anniversary! We have come such a long way and cannot wait to celebrate with you. Please stay tuned for the date and time of our 10th anniversary bash!


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

In the 2107 School Year our director 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.


Golf Tournament coming up on September 15th, 2017!

Last year The Muir Foundation Raised $8,000 for DWP!!! DWP is so grateful to the Muir foundation for organizing an exceptional golf tournament last year in support of DWP. 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. We invite you to golf with us again this year and keep our dancers dancing!!!!! Please contact info@dancingwithparkinsons.com to join. Friday September 15th, 2017 at the Hornby Golf Club!


Sarah Robichaud speaking at 'Healing in the Arts' talk at UHN April 28th

On April 28th 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 Intergenerational Dance Project

Thank you to The New Horizons for Seniors Program and The Toronto Arts Council for making the Intergenerational Dance Project a huge Success! Watch the full video of performance here:


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. 

To register for this years event please click here. Register for The Healthy Brain Conference


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. 


DWP volunteer opportunities available


Dancing With Parkinson's is on the look out for volunteers, in and outside of the classroom. From hands on Dance Assistants to behind the scenes help with fundraising, promoting awareness and day to day operations. Please contact us if you are interested in joining the DWP team. 

Volunteer contact form

 

 Classes in the GTA


We currently have six DWP locations running across the GTA and invite you to browse our locations page for a class near you! 


DWP and NBS partner for demo classes throughout Ontario


Sarah Robichaud, DWP's founder has provided mentorship to the  National Ballet School's PD dance program for the past two years.

Most recently the school and DWP have partnered with the PD society to offer demo classes in over six rural communities in North Western Ontario with a goal to raise awareness of the benefits of dancing with PD and potential expansion to these areas.