Dance for Parkinson's Australia teachers Jodie Lee and Amber Hitzke are thrilled to be expanding the business to cater for people across the region. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Dance for Parkinson's Australia teachers Jodie Lee and Amber Hitzke are thrilled to be expanding the business to cater for people across the region. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Dancing for Parkinsons

THE new Dancing for Parkinsons group in Lennox Head had its last class before Christmas but organisers Jodie Lee and Amber Hitzke are optimistic about what's in store next year.  

"We've had a really good response so far," Ms Lee said.  

"We've been contacted by the Lismore Parkinsons to bring a class over there and we're looking to expand into Tweed as well."   

Ms Lee said they had already recruited one new trainer but  were looking for more.  

Yvette Connors was trained up five weeks ago.  

"This is something that's close to my heart ... I have a mother in need of classes like this and there's not much around," Ms Connors said.  

"It's particularly important for people new to the diagnosis to see that life doesn't stop and this is something that will keep them active and moving."   

Ms Hitzke said there was a clear improvement in the group members' mental and physical health.   

"We've seen better posture, better control, flexibility improvement and also the steps are getting easier for them to do, and the smiles on their faces are getting bigger too," she said.  

The class uses classical ballet as well as  moves such as toe-tapping with hand movements.  

Dancing for Parkinsons has finished for the year but will start back up in late January.

The classes are held on Tuesday at the Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre.   

Ms Lee says she hopes to see the Dancing for Dementia classes kick off in February.  

"The aim is to have a Dance for Parkinsons class followed by a Dance for Dementia class on the same day," she said.  

A community transport route for group members is also planned.    



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