Dancing with Parkinson’s Inc. (“DWP”) is a dance therapy and movement program for seniors living with Parkinson’s disease that provides over 14 classes per week throughout Ontario. Our Mission is to deliver a high-quality, positive, safe, artistic, and sustainable dance classes that will bring participants out of isolation and into a community where they can experience a measure of relief from their debilitating disease. The dance environment provides a safe artistic setting where dancers can experience physical, spiritual and cognitive benefits and allows people with PD to reclaim their humanity through the joy of moving their bodies to music.
In 2007 founder Sarah Robichaud was personal training Andy Barrie ( formerly of CBC metro Morning) when he was diagnosed with PD. The exercises weren't working that well in helping Andy feel better physically and mentally. Sarah started to research how to best help him manage his disease through movement and learned that dance was being used to help people with PD at a dance company in NYC. Sarah went to the Mark Morris Dance Group training program and was convinced this would be a program that the PD community would benefit greatly from. In March 2008 Sarah opened the first DWP class and now has over 11 locations in the GTA.