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Jockey Club Dance Well Project - HKAPA’s School of Dance Presents Introductory Talks on Dance and Parkinson’s Disease

Jockey Club Dance Well Project - HKAPA’s School of Dance Presents Introductory Talks on Dance and Parkinson’s Disease

07 April 2022 Category : General

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) will present Online Introductory Talks on Dance and Parkinson’s Disease on April 8 and 14, 2022, following the positive response of the first talk on April 6.  As part of the Train-the-Trainer Programme of the Jockey Club Dance Well Project, the free events will be mainly conducted in English and registration is required.


The Jockey Club Dance Well Project is a creative movement programme designed to include people with Parkinson's disease and people of different ages and abilities through regular dance classes and activities in artistic spaces. Organised by the School of Dance at HKAPA and funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the three-year project is developed from the Dance Well initiative that was introduced by the Municipality of Bassano del Grappa, Italy and the Centro per la Scena Contemporanea in 2013. Since then, the practice has been extended to other cities in Italy, and also cities in Japan including Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa.

The Dance Well approach was included in the World Health Organisation Report 2019 to illustrate how dance can promote psycho-physical well-being, complement with conventional rehabilitation to creatively address the symptom-specific concerns of people with Parkinson’s disease. Through the continuous practice of Dance Well, it is possible to achieve a better quality of life, to feel empowered, improve the sense of rhythm, balance and movement, to develop interpersonal relationships in combating the isolation that often accompanies Parkinson's disease, and to develop creativity and new forms of expression.


On this series of webinar, Dean of Dance Professor Anna CY Chan, along with overseas and local arts and healthcare practitioners, will discuss the inclusive design of the Dance Well initiative developed in Italy, how dance can positively affect wellbeing, physical movement and social integration for those living with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. The talks will also take a look on the disease and its related healthcare interventions.


Jockey Club Dance Well Project – Online Introductory Talks Details:


Impact of dance on people with Parkinson's disease

Date/Time:     8.4.2022 (Fri) 16:00 – 17:30

Language:       English

Speakers:        Prof Sara Houston, Deputy Dean, School of Arts at University of Roehampton


Introduction to Parkinson's disease, medical interventions, rehabilitation practices, relevance of dance for the well-being of those living with the disease and their caregivers

Date/Time:     14.4.2022 (Thu) 15:00 – 17:00

Language:        English & Cantonese

Speakers:        Prof Chan Hon-wai Felix, Specialist in Geriatric Medicine and Honorary Clinical Professor, HKU

                      Overseas Specialist in Neurology



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The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), established by The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Ordinance in 1984, is a leading tertiary institution in the performing arts in Asia. It provides professional undergraduate education and practice-based postgraduate studies. The study encompasses Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts. Its educational philosophy reflects the cultural diversity of Hong Kong with emphasis on Chinese and Western traditions, and interdisciplinary learning.


Since 2008, the Academy has attained the Programme Area Accreditation (PAA) status awarded by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) to self-monitor and accredit its own Undergraduate and Post-secondary programmes in the five programme areas of Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts. Since 2016, the PAA status has been extended to cover Master’s Degree programmes and below. The programmes operated by the School of Chinese Opera are accredited by HKCAAVQ for recognition under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework.


Besides the main campus in Wanchai, Béthanie, the site of the Academy’s Landmark Heritage Campus in Pokfulam, has housed training facilities for the School of Film and Television since 2006.


In the QS World University Rankings announced in 2022, the Academy is ranked 1st in Asia and 10th in the world in the Performing Arts category.