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.

Fall Classes| Virtual and In-Person

In-Person Classes at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre studios

Wednesdays | September 15 – December 15, 2021 | 2:30 p.m – 3:30 p.m

Cost: Suggested donation of $5/class.  Care partners are always welcome to participate with students at no charge.

Virtual Classes on Zoom

Thursdays | September 16 – December 16, 2021 | 11 a.m – 12 p.m

Cost: $5/class.  Care partners are always welcome to participate with students at no charge.

To register or questions: Email  A link for each week’s Zoom class will be emailed out the day before class.

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: or 412-454-9128.


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