To provide the Parkinson's communities an uplifting and life enhancing movement program that will increase mobility, quality of life and bring a sense of validation and purpose back into their lives. Dance for Parkinson’s classes foster a safe and creative environment for participants and their friends, family, and caregivers. Through an engaging approach, students learn to enhance their aesthetic awareness and grace while addressing such PD-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, and depression. Teaching artists introduce movement from modern dance, musical theatre, ballet, folk dance, tap and improvisation.
Julie Symmonds and Carmen Davidson have completed the Dance for PD® Teachers Course in New York City under founding director David Leventhal. Julie has also completed her Certification and is qualified to train new teachers in the Dance for PD® programme.
I love her classes. The music uplifts you and the classes delay your body from the stiffness PD brings to your body. After the class we sit down and talk to each other about our challenges. We do not stop and go home. It helps to chat and sit with others!
— Deidre Barnard Visser
Training and working with Julie was an immense pleasure. She approached the training with curiosity, passion and sensitivity. She has invested her energies in sharing the joys and benefits of dance with people living with PD in South Africa. Julie Symmonds is a pioneer in bringing the dance programme to South Africa.
— David Leventhal
Dip. in Ballet UCT/RAD/TDA
Certified Dance for PD trainer
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Dip. Dance Teaching Studies RAD
Dip. Diagnostic Radiography
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Julie's interview in Cape Town on Heart
FM 104.9 with Tracey Lange
David Leventhal Program Director for Dance for PD® with
Julie Symmonds taken at the training course in New York 2015
Julie & Carmen with two classmates in New York, Attila Mosolygo & Russell Janzen