In Studio Dance for Parkinson’s
- Every Monday from Mon 18 Sep 2023 - Mon 11 Dec 2023
- 12:00 - 13:00
- Please Note:
- No external footwear allowed in studio. Shoe covers can be provided at reception if requested.
No class Bank Holiday Monday October 30th
- Olwyn Lyons
About the Classes
In our Dance for Parkinson’s classes, participants are inspired to explore movement and music in ways that are energising, fun, stimulating and creative. Internationally, people affected by Parkinson’s Disease, have hugely benefitted from taking part in dance classes as their range and fluidity of motion, multi-tasking, and balance increase; in addition to co-ordination and efficiency of movement.
Classes start with a gentle, yoga based chair warm up. Energizing and inspiring music will then guide you as you discover diverse dance styles and practical movement methods that address balance, flexibility, and confidence. Movement tasks will focus on problem solving, improvisation, vocal skills, and repetition from memory and multi-tasking, which are all key areas for people with Parkinson's.
"The class helps me think about a certain kind of movement, and explore that movement, that I might not otherwise have encountered just walking around. It shifts my perspective and makes me think about things in an entirely new way."
"This class has been an important, positive impact on my life. Although I speak for myself, I’m convinced this sentiment is shared by the many who attend your zoom classes. Olwyn teaches wonderful dance skills but she also instils and restores diminished bodily confidence in those of us whose who deal with movement issues and other realities of living with PD. Those who are comprised physically to varying degrees, but whose imagination and creativity are wholly intact." - Nora, March 2023
We recommend managing your booking through the Mindbody App.
Or alternatively, you contact us on 01 855 8800 to book you in
Join us – increase your flexibility, range of motion, meet new people, and have FUN! Class is open to all and we welcome care givers, spouses, and friends to join in.
· Classes may be enjoyed seated or standing.
· No partner required (carers, family and friends are welcome!)
· No previous dance experience required
· There’s no right or wrong way – we just move in a way that's right for YOU!
"I don’t know if it happens to everyone, but I lose my symptoms when I’m there."
"The music and movement started, I was filled with great joy. I was able to take the whole class and walked out feeling accomplished."
Olwyn Lyons is a choreographer, dance artist and community dance facilitator who has worked extensively with arts and older people. She has over 10 years’ experience delivering, developing, directing and facilitating arts projects with professionals and the community.
Olwyn was awarded the Agility Award 2022, Arts Council of Ireland and Professional Artist Development Fund, Meath County Council. Both awards will helped her investigate dance and Parkinson’s Disease. She has worked with dlr on their Programme for Carers of people living with Dementia offering dance in libraries across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and was a selected artist for dlr Primary Arts Programme 2022/23, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
Olwyn holds a BA Honors Degree in Dance from De Montfort University, Leicester and a Post Grad Diploma in Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London.
Olwyn worked on movement direction for Absent the Wrong at Peacock Theatre, written by Carys D. Coburn with Once Off Productions, Dublin Fringe Festival 2022. She was awarded Youth Commission 2022, Offaly County Council to investigate and develop youth arts links within the county. Since 2019 Olwyn has worked closely with CoisCéim Dance Theatre BROADREACH to develop and facilitate Creative Dance Tails - dance workshops for primary school children and is part of the TAP Teacher Artist Partnership Residency Programme 2023 with Navan Education Centre.
In 2021 Olwyn was Artist in Residence in a Care Setting in collaboration with Dance Artist Philippa Donnellan with Age & Opportunity, Creative Ireland & Arts Council of Ireland. Olwyn currently facilitates Dance for Parkinson’s with Dance Ireland and is Co - Director of Macushla Dance Club 50+
For further information:
- Telephone: +353 1 855 8800