The Parkinsonís Dance Project

 

Letís All Dance!
The Parkinsonís Dance Project

Marin Dance Theatre and Letís All Dance! is proud to introduce a new movement class in Marin County for persons with Parkinsonís Disease, their partners, caregivers, and friends.  Our class is modeled after the Dance for PDģ program developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group.  The Dance for PDģ program has been featured on PBS Frontline, CBS, and NPRís All Things Considered.  Articles about the class have appeared in USA Today, Neurology Now, The New York Times and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation among many other publications.  
 
WHY DANCE? 
 
*  Dance develops flexibility and instills confidence.
*  Dance is a stimulating mental activity that connects mind to body.
*  Dance breaks isolation.
*  Dance sparks creativity.
*  The basis of dance is rhythm.
*  The essence of dance is joy.
 
Our dance classes, accompanied by live music, integrate movement from multiple dance forms to stimulate the participantsí minds and bodies.  We begin the class in chairs, warm up each muscle group, and eventually move to the barre and the center floor to focus on balance and spatial awareness.  We aim to create an enjoyable social environment that emphasizes dancing for dancingís sake while having fun!  The dance class focuses on developing artistry and grace while addressing such PD-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, social isolation, and depression.  The class is open to all, from the newly-diagnosed to the wheelchair-bound.  *No dance experience required.*
 
The Parkinsonís Dance Project is presented in collaboration with Marin Dance Theatre, an internationally-recognized school for classical ballet and contemporary dance education.  The school is located in a beautiful setting with wheelchair accessibility.  The classes will be taught by Erica Rose Jeffrey, LAD! Outreach Director and MDT faculty, and Torri Campbell, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and former professional dancer and teacher.  Dr. Campbell trained with the programís founding teachers at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Please pass this information to those in your community you think would be interested.    Classes begin on February 1, 2011 and will meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m.  For more information, call Torri Campbell at (415) 819-2066 or email torriacampbell@yahoo.com.

 

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