The Jitterbug Social 2019
We can’t wait to dance with you at The Jitterbug FUN-RAISER and Virtual Dance Party!
DWP's core mission is to bring seniors with PD out of isolation and into an artistic community where they can dance and connect with others. On a weekly basis DWP does just that at any one of our 15 locations across the GTA.
While navigating our way through social distancing, DWP continues to be guided by this mission by offering free daily live online interactive dance classes for all seniors across the country so we can stay together, while we are apart.
Now more than ever DWP needs your help to keep our dancers dancing and out of isolation. Small grassroots charities like ours really depend on the generosity and support of individuals to keep our doors open for our participants who depend on us! We need as many people as possible to sign up to do some peer to peer fundraising on DWP’s Behalf and then join us for the biggest virtual dance party you have ever been to!
There are 3 ways to help DWP keep seniors with PD connected, active and thriving every day!!!!
Join our dance party as a dancer and peer to peer fundraise for us prior to May 30th
Become a Corporate Sponsor
We are so excited to Dance with you!
Introducing our Master of Ceremonies, Anisa Tejpar!
Three-time Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee, Anisa Tejpar, is originally from Toronto, and is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. Tejpar is Co-Artistic Director of the dance entertainment firm Hit & Run Dance Productions Inc., for which she has created works for artists and brands all over Canada including: NIKE, Kanye West, The Rolling Stones, PUMA, TIFF, Telus, Lupe Fiasco, Casa Loma’s “Legends of Horror”, Evergreen Brickworks, and M.A.C. Cosmetics amongst many others. She is also the pilot choreographer of Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report” and co-choreographer of the video game "Far Cry: Primal".
Tejpar is a current member of the Board of Directors of Canada’s National Ballet School, and has worked extensively with Dancing with Parkinson’s and served as choreographer and director for their Intergenerational Dance Project connecting youth and seniors through dance.
About The Jitterbug
We can’t wait to dance with you on Saturday May 30, 2020 from the comfort of our own homes!
Once you register as an individual or team, please share your fundraising page with your friends by email or social media, with the links provided. Your efforts in fundraising for DWP will ensure that we can continue to offer daily free online classes for hundreds of seniors across the country and that our in-person class locations can be re-opened once the Covid -19 physical distancing measures have been lifted.
Please dance with us. Let’s stay together, while we are apart.
Bringing seniors out of isolation and fostering connection through free online dance classes!
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sarah Robichaud has created an online platform for dance and movement. Dancing with Parkinson’s Canada is now offering free on-line live dance classes through Zoom, seven days a week. Their mission is to keep seniors active, connected, and engaged while social-distancing. Susan Hay has the story.
How to Connect
to the dance party on May 30th
We will be using Zoom software to bring everyone to the party!
The dance Party zoom link will be found on this website and we will email all registered dance party dancers a link the day prior to the event.
Log on before 1:00 pm on May 30th and get ready to boogie!
Three ways to get involved in our fabulous Dance Party!
Sponsor a friend or a team to raise money for the Dance-A-Thon by:
Click the link button above
Scroll down to "FIND A TEAM" and enter team name
Select team page and make a donation.
Thank you to our sponsors who help to keep our dancers dancing by supporting
The Jitterbug Social!
Our wonderful guest performers for 2020:
Greta Hodgkinson, O.Ont
We are excited to welcome Greta Hodgkinson as a special guest. As a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada for the last 30 years, she has danced classical roles such as the title role in Giselle, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. We are so thrilled to have her dance for us and with us at this years Jitterbug Virtual Dance Party!
Jim Creeggan is the incredible Bassist from the award winning group 'The Barenaked Ladies'.
In addition to performing for fans around the world Jim is heavily involved in community projects and we are so lucky to welcome him back to collaborate with our DWP dancers!
Cary Shields is a musician, actor, and songwriter who has played for audiences worldwide.
As well as touring Europe, Asia, and North America with his band and solo, Cary debuted on Broadway with his starring role in RENT. We are so happy to welcome him to our 2020 Jitterbug where he will perform "One Song Glory" from RENT!
DUET Dance Company
DWP gratefully welcomes back the incredible DUET Dance Companyfor a second year to entertain and dance with us at the Jitterbug Social! This amazing company of young talented dancers donate their time and talent to not-for-profits to help other reach their fundraising goals! How incredible is that!?