Dance for Parkinson's

Image courtesy of the Mark Morris Dance Group/Brooklyn Parkinson Group.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Dance for Parkinson's class is modeled after Dance for PD®, a renowned program that offers specialized dance classes accompanied by live music for people with Parkinson's. Participants explore movement and music in ways that are enjoyable, stimulating and creative. The 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. Most importantly, dancers know how to use their thoughts, eyes, ears, touch and imagination to control their movements. 

PBT’s Dance for Parkinson’s instructors have been specially trained in the Dance for PD® methodology. The class is appropriate for anyone with PD, no matter how advanced. No dance experience is required. In chairs, at a barre or standing, you will explore elements of modern dance, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing in a non-pressured, social environment, energized and enriched by live music. Classes modeled after Dance for PD® now occur in more than 100 communities in the US and across the world. 

 Download PBT’s Dance for Parkinson’s flyer here

Why Dance for Parkinson's? Check out the list of great reasons on the Dance for PD® website! Don’t miss the other great information on the site here.

When: Saturdays, 2:30 – 3:30pm

Where: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Studios, 2900 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Accommodations: Free parking is available in our private lot adjacent to the studio. All classrooms and restroom facilities are accessible; however, at this time, we do not have an automatic push-button door for entering the building.

Cost: Try your first class for free! Thereafter classes are $5 each on a walk-in basis. Family members and caregivers are invited to participate at no additional charge.

For More Information: Contact the Education Department at or (412) 454-9109.