Queensland dances its way to better health and wellbeing

Miranda Robb

The Queensland Government is partnering with Queensland Ballet to offer clinically designed dance programs to vulnerable Queenslanders.

The program was announced at the opening of Queensland Ballet’s Van Norton Li Community Health Institute this month.

A $750,000 investment will allow Queensland Ballet to run three programs now and develop more in future to support the health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups in the community.

The dance programs offer clinically designed rehabilitation, mobility and strength classes designed to help people with health conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, brain injuries, arthritis, mobility issues, neurological / mental health conditions and orthopaedic problems.

They will be offered to key groups in the community, including residential aged care facilities and various hospital settings in urban and regional areas until 30 June 2026.

Classes aim to help people regardless of their abilities, challenges or barriers to physical activity and participation.

Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet, Li Cunxin

Queensland Ballet director Li Cunxin said ‘Dance has changed my life in so many positive ways. I am so pleased this funding will help us improve our community’s health and wellbeing, using dance as our tool.’

‘Dance brings a range of health and wellbeing benefits, in a proactive and enjoyable way. You just get immersed in it. Everyone, of all ages and abilities, can participate.’

L to R: Roberta Kehren and Angela Strutt are participants in Queensland Ballet classes for the community

Roberta Kehren, who participates in Ballet for Seniors and Seniors Jazz, said dance programs helped with “flexibility, strength and endurance, but also the cognitive and social aspect”.

Fellow dancer Angela Strutt says she and Roberta gained friendship through the dance programs,

Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services, Shannon Fentiman said ‘I am confident these programs will have a positive impact on participants’ health and wellbeing.’

Ballet classes are clinically designed to support vulnerable members of the community

The Van Norton Li Community Health Institute offers innovative and research-driven healthcare to assist all Queenslanders with their physical, mental and social health through the joy of dance.

For more info go to www.queenslandballet.com.au/community/community-health-institute

 

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