Parkinson’s Movement Initiative


American Dance Festival is proud to offer our NEW Parkinson’s Movement Initiative classes in partnership with NC Dance for Parkinson’s and Poe Wellness Solutions and supported by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Through funds raised by Moving Day® North Carolina, a walk for Parkinson’s, all classes offered through the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative are free for people living with PD and their caregivers.


weekly free classes 

Please join us at our FREE weekly movement classes each week through December 16.  Classes will take a break over the holidays and will resume on January 10!

Unless otherwise noted, all classes and workshops are held at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

Pilates for parkinson’s with meg poe

Mondays, 2-3:15pm  |  Wednesdays 10:30-11:45am
Pilates for Parkinson’s consists of a warm-up focusing on alignment, exercises challenging strength and balance, and a cool-down for stretching and relaxation. All exercises are explained and demonstrated with options for beginners as well as more advanced participants. Time is spent seated in a chair, standing with the wall or a chair for support, and on the floor. Each class explores new ideas for improving strength, flexibility, and balance. 

All people with Parkinson’s and/or PD care partners are invited!  
**This is a FREE class, but you must PRE-REGISTER to participate. Hope to see you there!

About the instructor: Meg Poe is dedicated to health and happiness through movement and mindful living. She is a Duke-certified Integrative Health Coach, a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a certified Pilates instructor with a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from UNC Chapel Hill. She has been directly involved in educating and training students in the integration of mindful, healthy movement for over 25 years.

Dance for parkinson’s with Susan Saenger and Lindsay Voorhees

Mondays, 10:30-11:45am
NC Dance for Parkinson’s is modeled after the Dance for PD® program, developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, and our teachers have attended their training workshops in Brooklyn. Although the class conveys the benefits of exercise, it also highly values the creative expression, aesthetics, and artistry that are at the core of dance as an art form. Participants will learn choreography in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, and cultural/folk, and have opportunities to improvise and create unique movement sequences. A typical class includes movement done seated, standing, and locomoting, with adaptations offered based on each individual’s level of comfort and mobility. Participants dance together, in partnerships, and at times, solo. In addition to dance, the teachers utilize related art forms such as theatre games, poetry, image-based mindfulness, and storytelling to foster creative and expressive experiences. The class also promotes a sense of community where isolation is broken and meaningful connections are formed through the joy of dance. 

All people with Parkinson’s and/or PD care partners are invited!
**This is a FREE class, but you must PRE-REGISTER to participate. Hope to see you there!

About the instructors: NC Dance for Parkinson’s is co-directed by Lindsay Voorhees and Susan Saenger. Lindsay has her MS in Occupational Therapy and a BA in Psychology and she is currently a licensed occupational therapist. Susan has a BA in Biology and an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy, is also a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, and a licensed professional counselor. Lindsay and Susan co-teach the Dance for Parkinson’s classes and were both trained by David Leventhal of the Mark Morris Dance for PD® program.


register online

 

special free workshops

Classes and workshops will take a break over the holidays and will resume on January 10!

Unless otherwise noted, all classes and workshops are held at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

 

DANCE FOR PARKINSON’S AT WAKEMED IN RALEIGH

Saturday, December 9:  3-4:30pm
Saturday, December 16:  3-4:30pm
Saturday, January 20:  3-4:30pm
Saturday, January 27:  3-4:30pm

*Please note that this class will take place at WakeMed: 3000 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27610*
Parking: You may park in the handicapped lot in front of the health park until it is full, and then please park in the P1 Visitor parking garage (we will provide parking passes!)
Directions: Entering “Healthworks at WakeMed” into GoogleMaps will bring you right to the drop-off area in front of the Health Park. 

This class is modeled after the Dance for PD® program, developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, and our instructors have attended their training workshops in Brooklyn.

Participants will learn choreography in a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, jazz, and folk, and will also have opportunities to improvise, creating unique movement sequences. A typical class includes movement done seated, standing, and locomoting, with adaptations offered based on each individual’s level of comfort and mobility.


REGISTER ONLINE

 

 

American Dance Festival is excited to offer these Parkinson’s Movement Initiative classes in partnership with NC Dance for Parkinson’s and Poe Wellness Solutions and supported by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Through funds raised by Moving Day® North Carolina, a walk for Parkinson’s, all classes offered through the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative are free for people living with PD and their caregivers.