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Why Dance?

In Essence

Dance is just more than exercise, it provides numerous health benefits throughout our lives, improving our physical, cognitive and emotional health. 

Movement Matters

Dance improves posture, stamina, agility and flexibility, strengthening the body’s core muscles. 

Sparks your creativity

Dance is first and foremost a stimulating mental activity that connects mind to body.

Dance 4 Wellbeing


Our Mission

'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. '

                                   Jessica Conneely 


What we do

We offer inclusive dance & movement programs for adults, mature aged, people living with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia in Aged Care organisations. 

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 Over 55s - Lake Macquarie (Swansea )

Introductory Training & Workshops (across Australia)


Moving Well Over 55s (Charlestown & Rathmines) 

Barre & Move (For Women)

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Experience and Professionalism

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 will be travelling to Europe 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.

Jessica is presently teaching introductory courses in Leading Dance for Wellbeing at TAFE NSW.



Feedback & testimonials


The Coordination, exercise, doing something different each week and meeting new friends is rewarding.


The teacher is a very happy person & great with participants.



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.


If Marion is happy, then I’m happy! The class makes Marion happy! 


Movement Matters

Channel 9 News feature on Dance 4 Wellbeing Dance & Movement Classes in Newcastle

World Parkinson's Day at Warners Bay

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Current Classes

  TUESDAY       11am-12 Midday ( Dance for PD)

1.30-2.30pm Over 55s Moving well - Swansea

WEDNESDAY  Aged Care Sessions- Sydney

THURSDAY    11.30am -12.30pm ( Dance for PD & Mobility)

Aged Care Sessions - Newcastle

FRIDAY - Training Courses

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