The Jitterbug Social 2019

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Virtual Dance Party in support of DWP

1 - 2 pm

Saturday May 30, 2020




I am still filled with the good dancing vibes from our dance party on Saturday. 

We raised
 $45,000 to help keep seniors across Canada dancing and connected to others - something I know we can all agree is more important than ever. 

Our event was a financial success, but, more importantly, it was a success in that we were able to collectively experience the pure joy of dancing together, even while we are apart. 

Through the whole event I was teary with gratitude to everyone who participated and supported us from the sidelines. It takes a village, and the DWP village rocks!

Thank you to our sponsors, speakers, performers, supporters, instructors, volunteers, our incredible MC, and, most of all, to our seniors who dance with us each day.

We have great things in store for DWP - your support has made it possible for us to have an even bigger impact, and for more seniors across the country to stay connected through dance.

My most heartfelt thank you on behalf of myself and the DWP Board, 

Sarah Robichaud

Let's keep this party going!

Such a huge thank you to our incredible performers and our Master of Ceremonies!

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.

Bringing seniors out of isolation and fostering connection through free online dance classes!

PLAY VIDEO : Global News, April 20, 2020 

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. 

All proceeds from the Jitterbug are in support of:

Visit DWP's website for more info!

DWP Website

Dance Party

The party may be over but it's never too late to get involved!

It's still not too late to sponsor a friend or a team to participated in the Dance Party:

  1. Click the link button above

  2. Scroll down to "FIND A TEAM" and enter team name

  3. Select team page and make a donation

You can still donate to Dancing With Parkinson's to help seniors across Canada stay dancing and connected!

  1. Click the link button above

  2. Make a one time or a monthly donation

  3. Receive a donation receipt immediately


Event Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors - we couldn't have done it without you!


Special Guests

Our wonderful guest performers for 2020 wowed us all and made this event a huge success!

Greta Hodgkinson, O.Ont

Guest Dancer

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

Guest Musician

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


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!?