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Dance for PD Class at the 954 Dance Movement Collective
Dance for PD in Philadelphia is now available weekly for interested students. The Dance for PD program is built on one fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD. Dancers know all about stretching and strengthening muscles, and about balance and rhythm. Dancers know about the power of dance to concentrate mind, body and emotion on movement because they use their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears and touch to control their bodies every day. Want to stay in the loop on our classes? Sign up for our e-newsletter! Send us an email at [masked]. Any changes to our schedule are announced in our e-newsletter rather than here on the meet-up automatic calendar, which we primarily maintain to let new people know that our program is available. Also, most of our dancers RSVP via phone or email, so the attendance list here doesn't reflect the number of students in our classes :) Contact Want to talk to someone about Dance for PD in Philadelphia? Please call or email Keila Cordova at[masked] or [masked]. Cost FIRST CLASS IS FREE! Class Card is $70 for 10 classes ($7 per class) Drop-in is $10 for a single class Pay for classes at the studio in person or on line at http://954dmc.weebly.com/dance-for-pd.html . Why Dance for PD The points below explain why dance is particularly beneficial for people with Parkinson’s disease. Dance develops flexibility and instills confidence. Dance is first and foremost a stimulating mental activity that connects mind to body. Dance breaks isolation. Dance invokes imagery in the service of graceful movement. Dance focuses attention on eyes, ears and touch as tools to assist in movement and balance. Dance increases awareness of where all parts of the body are in space. Dance tells stories. Dance sparks creativity. The basis of dance is rhythm. The essence of dance is joy.

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Dance for PD has arrived in Philadelphia!

After 2 pilot classes (November 2010 and January 2011), the program is being presented by the Parkinson Council, Penn Medicine, the 954 Dance Movement Collective and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. A unique collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, a chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation, the Dance for PD program is built on one fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to people with PD.

Dancers know all about stretching and strengthening muscles, and about balance and rhythm. Most importantly, dancers know how to use their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears and touch to control their movements. This popular class is appropriate for anyone with PD, no matter how advanced. No dance experience is required. In chairs, at a bar or standing, participants explore elements of modern dance, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing, in a stimulating, enjoyable, non-pressured, social environment in which live music energizes, enriches and empowers.

This method has been presented at the International Congress for Parkinson's disease (Berlin, 2005), the World Parkinson Congress (Washington, D.C., 2006), and the Society for Neuroscience (Washington, 2008). Articles about the class have appeared in Neurology Now, USA Today and The New York Times among other publications, and features about the class have been broadcast on NPR, PBS, CBS, and ABC. Classes modeled after Dance for PD now occur in more than 40 communities in the US, Canada, India, UK and Germany, and now Philadelphia!

David Leventhal, John Higginbottom and Olie Westheimer led the Philadelphia Dance for PD Teacher Training, gathering a group of amazing people interested in bringing the program to the Greater Philadelphia area.

This class is made possibly by a generous donation from donor Karen Jacobson Milberg. Additional funding has been made possibly for the program at the 954 Dance Movement Collective by the Leeway Foundation and the Puffin Foundation.

We feel lucky to continue to meet such wonderful people thru this great program.

Northern Liberties, Philadelphia
954 Dance Movement Collective
954 N 8th St., Philadelphia
Saturdays beginning 2-3:15PM
To register contact
Keila Cordova (215-627-1157 or
954dmc@gmail.com)

South Philadelphia
CHI Movement Arts Center,
home of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers
1316 S 9th St., Philadelphia
Wednesdays beginning May 4th 1-2:15PM
To register contact Ken Metzner
(267-687-3739 or kyldphilly@gmail.com)

Chester County Rock School West
1510 Paoli Pike, West Chester
Tuesdays beginning April 26th
1:00 – 2:30PM
To register contact Karen Lynch
(610-524-1556 or fxlksl@verizon.net)

Background photo of Members of Brooklyn Parkinson Group at the Mark Morris Dance Center by Katsuyashi Tanaka

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