Dance for Parkinson’s

PBT is proud to offer specialized dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s Disease.

Our Dance for Parkinson’s class is modeled after Dance for PD®, an internationally recognized program created at the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York. Over the past 15 years, this program has inspired classes in more than 100 communities around the world.


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We offer fall sessions at two locations:

Mondays / Sept. 9 – Dec. 16, 2019 / 2:30 – 3:30 p.m:  Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, 2900 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15201 (in the Strip District). No class Nov. 11.

Wednesdays / Sept. 11 – Dec. 18, 2019 / 2 – 3 p.m:  Phi Pilates, 4510 Library Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102. No class on Nov. 27 or Dec. 11.

Cost: Classes are $5 each or $50 for the semester. Your first class is free! Care partners are always welcome to participate with students at no charge.

To register: Click on the link below. You will be asked to create an account in our registration system. Then go to the date of the class you’d like to attend and select the class. If this is your first class you’ll be able to select the complimentary class option.

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No previous dance experience is necessary and students are welcome to join any time during the semester!


Why Dance?

  • The class is built on the fundamental premise that professionally trained dancers are movement experts with knowledge that can benefit people with PD.
  • In addition to best practices for stretching and strengthening their muscles, dancers are deeply in tune with balance and rhythm.
  • Most importantly, dancers routinely use sight, touch, sound – as well as their own thoughts and imagination – to control their movements.

PBT’s Dance for Parkinson’s instructors receive specialized training 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, participants explore elements of modern dance, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing in a laidback, social environment enriched by live music.


Join the Movement!

Learn More: Listen to this recent NPR story about Dance for Parkinson’s or watch this video created by the Mark Morris Dance Group.

For more information:  education@pittsburghballet.org or 412-454-9105

 

PBT is grateful for support for Dance for Parkinson’s from Carol K. Lampe and Edwin H. Beachler.