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For many Australians, caring for a loved one is a tireless job.

Often juggling work and personal responsibilities, family caregivers rarely have time for themselves. Dance Health Alliance’s Carers Classes aim to change that, offering not just movement and dance, but a much-needed support network.

Held in Roseville and Narrabeen, the free dance classes cater specifically to unpaid family caregivers, acknowledging the unique challenges they face. Many have left work to provide 24/7 care, leaving them feeling isolated and lacking “me-time.” Dance Health Alliance steps in, creating a safe space where caregivers can connect with others in similar situations.

The program partners with Proveda (formerly CCNB), an organisation with a dedicated volunteer team. These volunteers, who have undergone thorough background checks, ensure a welcoming and supportive environment. The classes, offered across the state in community centres, residential aged care facilities, and respite centres, reach a wide range of caregivers.

“Our program is run all over NSW, throughout community centres Residential Aged Care Facilities and Respite centres,”  says Gwen Korebrits, co-founder of Dance Health Alliance. “We have recently trained Western NSW Health Staff to facilitate programs as far-reaching as Broken Hill, Dubbo and Orange. While also more locally in community centres in Mona Vale, Forestville and Avalon.”

The organisation also runs the popular DanceMoves program for elders, which have a range of health benefits, including improved balance and fall prevention, increased cardiovascular fitness, and enhanced cognitive function. Additionally, the classes promote flexibility, mobility, and a stronger immune system. Gwen shares that DanceMoves also helps with bone density, social interaction, and mental wellbeing.

The impact is clear. Sharing some of the testimonials from participants: Sue describes it as a “bit of breathing space,” while Margaret cherishes the friendships formed and feeling “more fit and agile.” For others, it’s the joy of movement, with Angela calling it a “happy and inclusive place,” and Donna feeling “so alive” after class. The program’s value is further echoed by Judy, who appreciates the caring teachers and positive impact on her mental health. Even Joy, a seasoned participant, hails it as the “best designed human movement class” she’s ever done.

By combining movement with a supportive community, the carers dance program empowers carers to care for themselves while caring for their loved ones.

Dance Health Alliance 

Take a break from caregiving and prioritise your health and well-being with a free dance class designed for you. Enjoy the physical and social benefits of dance in a supportive and inclusive environment.

No cost involved – Classes are FREE!

Locations:

Narrabeen – Tramshed

Tuesday at 2:30pm

Roseville – St Luke Presbyterian Church

Thursday at 2:00pm

Space is limited so register now! To book: https://forms.gle/LiGddtJaAQngUwwD8

Website: www.dancehealthalliance.org.au

Images: supplied.

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