Place des Arts’ Arts and Wellness program offers classes for people with special needs or learning challenges, physical challenges or those seeking recreational programs that boost self-esteem and social connection, thus enhancing health and wellbeing.

Our Arts and Wellness classes focus on the exploration of the artform/discipline itself rather than using art as a tool to encourage self-exploration or healing. All Arts and Wellness classes offer a learning environment that accommodates the needs of the participants.

Additionally, after each Dance for PD, Visual Arts for PD and Theatre for Life class, students will be invited to stay for a social gathering to connect with others in the class in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Throughout the 2018/19 season, all Arts & Wellness programs will be subsidized by 50%. Register online, by phone or in person and the 50% subsidy* will automatically be applied to all fees associated with the class. *Not valid for other Place des Arts programs.

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Private Lesson
Group Classes
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Summer Classes

Adapted Art: Youth and Adults

10+ years

Dance for PD

18+ years

Theatre for Life

50+ years

Program Overview

Explore visual art techniques in a safe and nurturing environment. You’ll practice fine-motor skills, create artwork, develop social skills and build confidence. This program is suitable for those with special needs and/or learning challenges. Participants who require one-on-one support must provide their own support worker/volunteer aid. Teacher: Dhanha Lee

Fall: 3D Art | Winter: Painting | Spring: Drawing

Teacher

Dhanha Lee

Dhanha Lee

Adapted Art and Visual Art for PD

Dhanha is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on sculpture, installation and social practice. She enjoys working with a wide range of mediums to communicate her ideas. Her social practice study involves working with persons with special needs and using art as a medium to build hope and confidence in a comfortable and fun environment – respecting each other’s ‘diversability.’

A founding member of the Vancouver-based GHIA Collective (Growing Hope Into Action), Dhanha holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement.

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Classes

22095

Thu • Sep 20 - Dec 6 • 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$179

22096

Thu • Jan 17 - Mar 7 • 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Call 604-664-1636 for more info

$131

22097

Thu • Apr 11 - Jun 13 • 6:00PM - 7:30PM

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$155

Program Overview

Dance for PD is an internationally acclaimed program with classes in more than 100 communities in 16 countries. Its focus is to foster confidence and grace in movement for those living with Parkinson’s disease. Mobility, musicality and focused attention will be joyfully explored. As a group, you’ll explore the fundamentals of dancing including balance, flexibility, movement sequencing, rhythm and spatial and aesthetic awareness. The program will be taught sitting in chairs with the option to progress to standing and moving through space.

Teacher

Megan Walker-Straight

Megan Walker-Straight

Dance for Parkinson's

Megan holds a BA in Dance from the University of California, Berkeley. She trained in the Hunter University of New York Masters Program in Dance Therapy and at the Helix Institute for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Healing, also in NYC.

Megan has been teaching contemporary dance since the 1980’s when she performed in the acclaimed New York City dance companies of Merce Cunningham, Lucinda Childs, Douglas Dunn and Kenneth King. She has since taught contemporary dance technique throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. Since 2000, she has been teaching contemporary dance in the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.  In 2013 she was named a Cunningham Fellow by the Merce Cunningham Trust and has re-staged his dances in both NYC and Vancouver.

In 2015, Megan began her involvement with Dance for Parkinson’s and was awarded a Stanley J. Wertheimer Fellowship for training by the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York. She presently teaches dance class for people living with Parkinson’s disease in West Vancouver and Vancouver.

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Program Overview

Experience laughter and connection in a relaxed, safe and playful environment. Begin by creating connection with a group of like-minded individuals. Then, explore drama foundations such as eye contact, use of emotion and character building. Through theatre, you’ll develop the skills to share stories, find a means of self-expression and build your confidence outside of the classroom.

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Laura Drummond

Laura Drummond

Theatre for Life

A graduate of Studio 58, Laura is excited to be returning her focus to the acting world. A mom of three, she co-founded the arts-infused independent school Urban Academy in New Westminster in 2001 and has since passionately championed the arts in education, community creation, leadership and organizational development.

Her previous stage work includes shows with Platypus, Green Thumb, Sunshine and Richmond Gateway theatres, as well as writing and performing her one-person show, Peanuts. Laura has also appeared in various commercials and film and television shows such as Fairly LegalHiccupsThe 4400Stargate, Due East and Beggars & Choosers.

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