OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Thank you to our wonderful partners for helping us to keep our dancers dancing!
Over a decade ago, Dancing With Parkinson's began as just ONE free class a week, led by Founder, Sarah Robichaud. Quickly, it became clear there was a huge demand for this unique and wonderful dance program for those living with Parkinson's Disease. The organization blossomed, to offer classes in over 15 locations in the GTA. Today, we dance online everyday with all seniors, not just those with PD. These classes are free, and require no experience to join.
With the support of some incredible community partners, we've been able to continually increase accessibility to our program, and engage in wonderful collaborations that benefit not only those with Parkinson's, but also their families, and the community at large!
DWP is excited to announce our partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario with workshops for seniors, exploring creativity and expressive freedom.
In collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, DWP is pleased to announce a new series of specifically curated dance classes for persons living with dementia/Alzheimer’s and their care partners and families.
Dancing is ESSENTIAL!
DWP has been deemed an essential service at Christie Gardens where we provide weekly classes and bring this retirement community together and dancing weekly.
DWP Serves Community Living North Halton!
DWP provides weekly online classes for Community North Halton, specifically created for their inclusive and dynamic community of individuals with special needs and disabilities.
DWP is excited to announce our long-term community partnership with the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Dancing With Parkinson's has been collaborating with The Koffler Centre of the Arts, a Jewish cultural organization that presents a contemporary cross-disciplinary arts program encouraging inquiry and exploration. Along with artists in residence, we are proud to offer DWP dancers a very special, series of immersive, artistic dance workshops in collaboration with the artists and their installations on display at Koffler's pre-eminent community gallery, Artscape Youngplace.
DWP joined The National Ballet of Canada as part of their Sharing the Stage series, connecting NBOC with the Toronto dance community. DWP danced with NBOC's Principal Character Artist Rebekah Rimsay, and with their online community on their digital stage.
Watch video featuring our founder, Sarah Robichaud, "Sharing the Stage: Dancing with Seniors | The National Ballet of Canada"
DWP is pleased to have the support of One Step Ahead Mobility, a Toronto-based physiotherapy clinic who is dedicated to helping people of all ages with diverse and often complex medical issues, including neurological conditions like Parkinson's Disease. Driven by innovative and proven treatments, One Step Ahead's expert and caring staff helps their patients to re-connect with their body, learn to breathe and move better, and ultimately improve the quality of their life.
Regent Park School of Music is a community music school dedicated to helping kids thrive through music. Their mission is to give as many kids as possible a music education, by removing financial obstacles. Over the years DWP has been fortunate to work with the wonderful RPSM children and teachers in exciting intergenerational collaborations such DWP's Jitterbug Social Dance-A-Thon and FUNdraiser! We look forward to future collaborations.
Dancing With Parkinson’s has a long-standing friendship with Singing With Parkinson’s, facilitated by talented singer and musician, Paula Wolfson. Paula began SWP to bring those living with Parkinson’s Disease the physical, emotional and social benefits of singing in a group.
DWP has been working with The Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions (TECCHI) for several years in a commitment to producing evidence-based research exploring the health benefits of dance for people with Parkinson's disease. TECCHI works in partnership with the Ontario Brain Institute and DWP to explore how Dancing with Parkinson’s makes a difference in the lives of individuals.