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Who We Are

Dancing with Parkinson’s (DWP) is an evidence based program and charity that creates and delivers dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s disease in Ontario. Our students tell us that the dance classes provide  many benefits including elevated mood, reduced stress, increased social connections, and improved physical and emotional well-being. Since opening its first class in Toronto in 2008, DWP has sought to expand the accessibility of these specialized dance classes throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Currently DWP offers over 13 classes a week in the GTA and is working towards attaining its larger goal of provincial and national expansion along with the Dance for Parkinson Network Canada. As part of this goal, our founder Sarah Robichaud with David Leventhal, co-facilitates a yearly national instructor teacher training program for 50 new DWP instructors.   


DWP consistently collaborates with other community programs and institutions to engage in performance, workshops, knowledge sharing, and research. The organization is supported by a board of directors that includes researchers, neurologists, and not-for-profit executives. As a Canadian leader in the field of dance for people living with PD, DWP partners with academic institutions and universities, such as York University, University of Toronto, Queen’s University, and Sheridan College, to collaborate on research aimed at obtaining a deeper understanding of the positive outcomes for its participants.


Why We Are Necessary

There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease, and the goal of treatment is to control symptoms. This has traditionally been achieved through the use of medications, which increase the production of dopamine in the brain. While many symptoms respond to drug treatment DWP provides an uplifting complementary intervention in conjunction with medication that that addresses many of the emotional and physical aspects of the disease. 



Dancing with Parkinson’s is a proud founding member of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network Canada.


Who We Help?

Parkinson Canada estimates that over 100,000 Canadians, over 40,000 of those in Ontario and over 5,000 in the GTA, have Parkinson’s disease today.  With PD most often diagnosed after the age of 50, the proportion of Canadians with PD will grow as the population of Canadians over the age of 50 grows.  It is important to build the resources now to serve this growing demographic.


Who We Serve

Each week Dancing with Parkinson's provides over 13 classes throughout the Greater Toronto Area for people who are living with Parkinson's Disease.  The specially designed dance movement classes help the dancers stay engaged in community while celebrating the joy of movement. With your support DWP will be able to continue offering this necessary resource. 


For questions or assistance please contact:

Sarah Robichaud, Executive Director at or 647-217-9252


Thank you for your support.  You will receive a confirmation e-mail upon registration and for all donations.

All donations made to DWP though Canada Helps will receive an official receipt for income tax purposes.  Payments for tickets or sponsorships are, under Canada Revenue Service Regulations, are not eligible for a tax receipt.

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Dancing With Parkinson's Canada 167 Lisgar St, Toronto, ON M6J 3G4   


"It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness."
— Confucius
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