Activity based on the poem 'My Country' by Dorothea Mackellar
These exercises are taken from the Dance for Parkinson’s classes in New South Wales devised and delivered by Teaching Artists in Australia. They were filmed in December 2019 at the Hannaford Centre in Sydney and were inspired in part by ideas of summer and Australian themes. You can find out more about the program at dancepdau.org.
Before you start dancing, please note:
1. Ideally check with your doctor first for a thumbs up.
2. Check you have a clear space at home where you can practice these dances with no obstructions; a solid chair – preferably without arm-rests; and a non-slip floor. Check that you have enough room to move your arms. Prepare a water bottle nearby.
3. If anything causes pain or discomfort, discontinue or modify/simplify the sequence to suit you. Modifying can include doing the exercise half time, or doing either the arms or legs separately, until you feel ready for the full sequence.
4. If you feel tired, press pause, rest, have a sip of water, and start again when you feel ready.
5. Take things at your own pace. You might do a little every day, or once a week; you choose.
6. We recommend you follow the order suggested below. Starting with a warm up, moving to the more dynamic exercises and finishing with a cool down and some relaxed breathing.
7. Each exercise is introduced, guiding you through the movements, and then it is danced with music.
8. Have fun!
Exercises devised and demonstrated by: Catherine Goss, Jessica Conneely and Erica Rose Jeffrey