Dance for People with Parkinson’s

“Dance appears to meet many, if not all, of the recommended components for exercise programs designed for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. The benefits of dance include improved balance and gait function as well as improved quality of life” (Earhart 2009).

Centenary Uniting Church
46/48 Sorrell street North Parramatta

Term dates:
2019 Term 4: 15 October- 17 December
2020 Term 1: 4 Feb – 7 April
2020 Term 2: 28 April-30 June

Join any Tuesday in the term, FIRST CLASS FREE!

FUN and CREATIVE DANCE classes led by Diane Busuttil in partnership with Dance for Parkinson’s AUSTRALIA. No previous dance experience is necessary!

Each weekly session will start with a class specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s. Carers, friends and family members are welcomed.

Classes will get the blood flowing and the body dancing. They will include soft stretches suited to everyone’s ability, moving to classic tunes and interacting with other participants in a social setting.

This bilingual dance program is suitable for English speakers as well as Chinese and other CALD communities. Assistant teacher, Jia-Wei Zhu can guide participants in both Chinese and Mandarin. 

What to wear: Comfy non restrictive clothing, soft shoes or bare feet.
Enquiries: (02) 9806 5609 or
Subsidised Transport: contact Angela Ostojic-Lopatic, Community Wheels: (02) 88681400
Parking: available at Centenary Uniting Church
Public Transport: Bus stop at Church St before Fennell St (550, 600, 601, 666, 625)
Facilities: Kitchen facilities will be open to participants for a cup of tea or coffee after class. The venue has ramps for wheelchairs and parking.

Save and book online!

Online booking only: $85* for a 10-class pass


Cash at the door:
$10 per class for casuals (please bring the exact amount)

* Booking fee applies


Diane Busuttil- Lead Teacher

Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from The University of Western Sydney and more recently a Masters Degree from Macquarie University.  In 2000, she was awarded a DAAD scholarship to study at The International Women’s University in Germany, where she remained for the next 15 years working in dance theatre and performing internationally with a diverse range of artistic groups throughout Europe, Canada and the USA. Diane also writes, directs and produces short films that have received critical acclaim from various International film festivals.

Since returning to Australia in 2015 to care for her father with dementia, Diane initiated Creative Caring that brings dance classes within reach of all people with chronic movement restrictions, with a focus on community building as well as enhancing health and wellbeing for seniors.

Jia-Wei Zhu – Assistant Teacher

Jia-wei sees dance as a vital medium to connect with one-self and the world. She started dance training at age 21 while pursuing a degree in anthropology. Her passion in dance took her to train full time in the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York. She has showcased her original choreography in New York, Japan and Australia. She has collaborated with artists from Europe, America and Asia to create live performances and dance on film. She is fascinated by patterns in nature, the central theme throughout her staged, improvisational and site-specific works.

Jia-wei is passionate about improving social, physical and emotional well-being for the vulnerable in our society through dance. She has designed and led dance workshops internationally, for disadvantaged children, refugees and the elderly. She is also a professional teaching artist for Dance for Parkinson’s Australia.

The Feisty Fems and Fellows are supported by the City of Parramatta