HAPPY TIMES: Joan Campbell and Dennis Cooper at Dancing for PD in Lennox Head.
HAPPY TIMES: Joan Campbell and Dennis Cooper at Dancing for PD in Lennox Head. Marc Stapelberg

Dance classes a hit for people with Parkinson's Disease

PEOPLE with Parkinson's Disease got together on Tuesday for the first Dancing for PD group held in Lennox Head.

Led by dance teacher Jodie Lee and personal trainer Amber Hitzke the one hour class aimed to provide some fun and exercise through ballet dancing.

"It's a dance class to help with mobility, the brain and to help heal the body and bring a bit of joy," Ms Lee said.

Ms Hitzke said the fortnightly classes began with everyone seated in a circle while Ms Lee and herself assessed each person's abilities.

"We do a warm-up, then we go through other exercises and dance moves," Ms Hitzke said.

"The majority of it is based around a ballet structure ... it has beautiful grace and flow and it allows them to feel that while they're moving," Ms Lee said.

Joan Campbell attended the class with her partner Dennis Cooper, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's eight years ago.

"We were dancers ourselves, ballroom dancers, but Dennis can't do it anymore" Ms Campbell said.

"Any exercise or any dancing is good for him."

Ms Lee plans to expand dance classes out to dementia patients in the future.

"I have a personal interest within that because I've been looking after my mum for a long time with dementia," she said.

The next class will be held at 11.30am on September 8 at the Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre.



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