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Featuring: Dance for PD Certified Teacher Julie Symmonds

Julie Symmonds is the first Dance for PD® Certified Teacher in Africa. She started ballet classes at the age of 5 years old, and continued dancing throughout her school career. Ballet was her first love and led to Julie completing the 3 year Diploma in Dance at the University of Cape Town, graduating with a first place in Teaching Methodology and Drama. Julie then travelled overseas, experiencing Europe, the UK and Ireland before beginning her teaching career in 1997.

In October of 2015, she attended the Introductory Teacher’s Course at the Mark Morris Dance Center in New York as the first South African to complete this training, and she launched her first class at the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West in 2016. Julie was honored by a Stanley J. Wertheimer Fellowship in the same year, allowing her to continue her training process. In 2017, Carmen Davidson joined Julie and together they launched the company Dance for Parkinson’s S.A Pty ( Ltd). Julie returned to New York in October 2017 to spend a month completing the Advanced Training and Certification program.

Julie is now one of a select group of practitioners worldwide who are authorized to train other dance teachers in the Dance for PD® program, and has presented training workshops in Johannesburg and Durban. She currently oversees a network of 7 classes in and around Cape Town! Since the inception, Dance for Parkinson’s S.A has been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines, television and radio.

“I love teaching Dance for Parkinson’s classes – every single class gives me goose bumps and giggle! We learn to laugh again and at the same time, give the mind, body and soul some much needed TLC!”


 


Cape Town | DfPD Certified FAC

Pinelands
Dance for Parkinson’s
Mondays at 10:00 a.m.

Lead instructors: Julie Symmonds and Carmen Davidson

Pinelands Presbyterian Church
19 St Stephens Rd,
Pinelands, Cape Town, 7405

CJSA Community Centre
Dance for Parkinson’s
Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Lead instructor: Carmen Davidson

CJSA Community Centre
3 Bellevue Road
Sea Point

Constantia
Dance for Parkinson’s
Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

Lead instructor: Julie Symmonds

Christ Church
Cnr Constantia & Parish Road
Constantia
Cape Town

Hellenic Community Centre
Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

Lead instructor: Carmen Davidson

Hellenic Community Centre
24 Bay Road
Mouille Point
Cape Town

Fish Hoek | DfPD Certified FAC

Dance for Parkinson’s
Tuesdays at 10:00 AM

Lead instructors: Julie Symmonds and Carmen Davidson

Central Circle
Fish Hoek

Hout Bay | DfPD Certified FAC

Dance for Parkinson’s
Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.

Lead instructor: Julie Symmonds

Kronendal Retirement Village
Victoria Road
Hout Bay

Potchefstroom | DfPD Certified FAC

Dance for Parkinson’s
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.

Lead instructor: Saartjie de Wet

Uitkoms Hall
Kock Street
Potchefstroom

Somerset West | DfPD Certified FAC

Playhouse Theatre
Dance for Parkinson’s
Two Classes on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Lead instructors: Julie Symmonds and Carmen Davidson

Playhouse Theatre
Lorensford and Swalle Rd
Somerset West

Vonke House
Dance for Parkinson’s
Thursday at 1:15 p.m.

Lead instructor: Julie Symmonds

Vonke House
Lourensford Rd
Somerset West

Helderberg Village
Dance for Parkinson’s
Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.

Lead instructor: Carmen Davidson

Helderberg Village
63 Bakkerskloof Rd
Somerset West

Dance for Parkinson’s S.A. is an officially licensed Dance for PD partner. For more information about all classes, please visit www.danceforparkinsonssa.co.za or contact send email to info@danceforparkinsonssa.co.za. Phone calls may be directed to 082 978 2399.

For a podcast about the program, please click here.