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.


Just the Facts!

When: One day per week; we’ll start classes again in September 2018. You may join in at any time!

Where: PBT Studios, 2900 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15201. We are located in the Strip District, with a parking lot adjacent to our building.

Cost: $5 / class. Your first class is free!

Care partners: Are welcome to accompany student and participate in class at no charge.

Please note: No previous dance experience is necessary!


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: contact Christina Salgado, Director of Education, at 412-454-9105 or csalgado@pittsburghballet.org.

 

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