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Dance for Parkinsons Disease

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Dance for PD®, celebrating its 15th anniversary next year, offers specialized dance classes to people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends, and care partners in six locations around New York City and through its network of affiliates in more than 100 communities in 16 countries around the world. Dance for PD classes allow people with Parkinson’s to experience the joys and benefits of dance while creatively addressing symptom-specific concerns related to balance, cognition, motor skill, depression, and physical confidence.

The program’s fundamental working principle is that professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge about balance, sequencing, rhythm and aesthetic awareness is useful to persons with PD. In class, teaching artists integrate movement from modern, ballet, tap, folk, and social dancing, as well as choreographic repertory to engage participants’ minds and bodies and create an enjoyable, social environment for artistic exploration.

Learn more about the program online.