LIFESPAN DANCE Team
Lifespan Dance classes are led by dance professionals who have trained in the Dance for Parkinson's methodology.
The teaching dance artists have tertiary dance degrees and DPA Training qualifications.
Classes are supported by capable, compassionate community volunteers.
The team are uniquely compassionate and understanding, and will encourage you to move in the way you can.
PAIGE GORDON - Founding Director & Lead Teacher - BA DipPA BEd CF2000
Paige has been part of the Australian dance industry for over thirty years. Training with Kira Bousloff and WAAPA, Paige has performed with numerous companies and independent dance and theatre makers. Paige created a project company in the ACT in 1993 - 1998 producing an extensive body of work, with a hallmark of humour, social and environmental awareness. Paige was the Artistic Director of WA based Buzz Dance Theatre 1998 - 2003 performing new works for children & young people in the Perth International Arts Festivals and Awesome Festivals, collaborating with many valued creatives - dancers, designers, composers - during that time. Buzz toured throughout WA, nationally & internationally. Paige received a Churchill Fellowship and Centenary Medal for her Service to Dance in 2000.
Paige is a passionate advocate for dance and dancers, seeking ways to connect dance-in-community through vital partnerships. Paige was co-founder and AD of TRACKSUIT (DADAA) from 2010 - 2020 which offered accessible, inclusive dance workshops, performative and film opportunities for adults of all abilities. Paige has created and facilitated dance-in-health projects within WA hospitals - a recent report by the Chamber of Arts & Culture WA identified Paige’s dance-in-health work as a key ‘resource’ in WA, to be used as a framework for future arts-in-health projects. Training in the Dance for Parkinson’s Program in 2015, she has been teaching classes throughout the Perth and Peel region, founding Lifespan Dance in 2019 to offer an outreach program of seated dance classes. Paige has created seated dance performances - WINGSPAN I and II at the Mandurah Arts Festivals. Paige was the Dance Curator for the Fairbridge Festival from 2019-2022, and recently assisted Meryl Tankard and Link Dance Company (WAAPA) for the ICON:Pina Bausch Project. Paige is a member of the Dance for Parkinson's Australia Board.
ELLA WATERWORTH - Lead Teacher - BAppSc.OT(Hons)
Ella’s passion for dance has always been about joyful connection with herself and others. From age three her favourite moments have been those shared in learning, playing and performing stories through the movement and expression of dance. Ella combines her Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy with her Dance for Parkinsons Teacher Training to support and deliver classes focused on social connection and self expression in a safe and supported space. Ella’s undergraduate OT Thesis on Ageing, Disability and Quality of Life are testimony to her longstanding interest in healthy ageing and she respects the value of pursuing meaningful activities across a person's lifespan. Ella has been involved in Lifespan Dance since its inception and brings her enthusiasm and style as well as her applied science research to complement and strengthen the dance experience for participants.
Dance for Parkinson's Australia
Lifespan Dance is aligned with and endorsed by Dance for Parkinson's Australia. Lifespan Classes are taught by qualified dance artists and with the DP methodology and best practice in place.