Ballet Academy East in New York City has announced the addition of a Dance for PD class on Friday mornings at 11. Classes are offered at no charge and open to people with Parkinson’s disease, as well as their family, friends and caregivers.
Students will learn movement from modern, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing, plus some Mark Morris repertory. The experience encourages artistic expression and is designed to get Parkinson’s sufferers moving like dancers to live music, instead of thinking of themselves as patients in therapy.
Dance for PD was developed in 2001 by Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. Since then, the program has grown to reach over 30 states and 12 countries.
The program holds regular teacher training workshops around the world. Take a look at the upcoming sessions, and visit danceforparkinsons.org for more information or to apply.
Melbourne, Victoria (Australia): September 14–15, 2014
Brooklyn, NY: October 29–30, 2014
Nashville, TN: March 13–14, 2015
Phoenix, AZ: March 20–21, 2015
Photo: Instructor Krissy Richmond leads a Dance for PD class at Houston Ballet; by Amitava Sarkar, courtesy of Houston Ballet