Dance is just more than exercise, it provides numerous health benefits throughout our lives, improving our physical, cognitive and emotional health.
Dance improves posture, stamina, agility and flexibility, strengthening the body’s core muscles.
Dance is first and foremost a stimulating mental activity that connects mind to body.
'Recent scientific research has highlighted the fact that dance provides excellent results as we get older, by offering a mind and body workout in a socially stimulating and joyful way.
After working in the Arts and Education sectors for many years, Dance 4 Wellbeing is perfectly placed to support people combat the sedentary lifestyle that many experience as they age. '
Specialist in inclusive dance & movement programs for adults, mature age and people living with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia. Movement & Dance sessions in Aged Care organisations & community.
All classes engage movement for improved quality of life by providing physical, cognitive and social benefits.
No dance experience required!
Dance for Parkinson’s (Newcastle)
Dance for Parkinson's & Mobility
Dance 4 Wellbeing in Aged Care (Sydney & Hunter Region)
Moving Well Mobility - Lake Macquarie
EVERYbody Move - Mixed abilities with community & Care Providers
Introductory Training & Workshops (across Australia)
Contact us below to express your interest
Dance 4 Wellbeing founder, Jessica Conneely works across the Arts & Health sectors. In 2017, she piloted and opened the Newcastle Dance for Parkinson's classes and represents Dance for Parkinson’s in the Hunter. Jess is a recent recipient of a Create NSW Innovating Dance Practice grant and traveled to the UK in 2018 to further her research and study best practice.
Beginning her dance career in Newcastle, Jess received an international Ballet scholarship to train in France. She performed for a number of years in Europe and received ongoing coaching from many leading company directors and choreographers. Upon her return to Australia, Jess continued performing professionally, while completing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance (Dist).
In recent years, Jess has moved into the tertiary sector teaching and training Bachelor and Diploma students. In 2015, wrote the foundation levels of contemporary dance for the Australian Dance Institute’s ADV syllabus & in 2016
completed The Arts and Dementia care course from University of Tasmania. 2019 saw Dance4wellbeing being nominated in 3 categories in Awards Australia's Regional Achievement & Community awards including Connecting Communities. In 2020, Jess will travel to New York to further enhance practice around Dance & Dementia for the Care Home Programs delivered by Dance4wellbeing.
Jessica is a highly experienced facilitator presently leading and delivering an Innovative accredited government training in partnership with TAFE NSW, Hunter New England Health & Ausdance NSW.
The Coordination, exercise, doing something different each week and meeting new friends is rewarding.
Challenging, great for both sides of brain working and lifting the mood.
The empathy & compassion shown by others is appreciated as we all experience similar ailments .We enjoy it and have fun in the classes together.
We find it lifts the spirits and is a warm & welcoming class. The music, the movement & camaraderie of the group makes for a wonderful experience. It’s fun & uplifting
Brian & Kay
It’s very friendly. It’s only my second class, but I feel it will improve my movements and mobility
I found the training course so helpful and creative. I know my clients are going love this new idea of incorporating movement into their lifestyle routine
Tamworth course participant
Thank you for a great training course, I learnt a lot throughout the day and have been able to use some exercises we did during the course, my participants have loved them!
An inspiring and informative workshop. I am looking forward to finding out more on how to become more involved in working in this sector, you have provided so much for us!
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