Culture and Health

Dance for Parkinson

Dance for PD offers dancing classes to persons with Parkinson's and helps them explore music and movement in ways that are refreshing, fun, stimulating and creative

Dance for Parkinson offers specialized dance classes to people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and care partners online, in New York City and through its network of affiliates in more than 300 communities in 25 countries around the world. Dance for PD classes invite 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, folkloric, traditional and social dancing, and choreographic repertory to engage participants’ minds and bodies and create an enjoyable, social environment for artistic exploration.