Parkinson’s Movement Initiative

parkinson’s movement initiative

American Dance Festival is proud to offer 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.

We are making space to offer a limited schedule of classes throughout the summer, and we will be back for a full schedule in Fall 2019 starting September 9.

SUMMER CLASSES listed below:

Pilates for parkinson’s with meg poe

Saturdays 10-11:15am, July 20-August 24
July 20, 27 and August 3, 10, 17, and 24

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

Sundays, 3-4:15pm, June 9-July 14
June 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 7, 14

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 for Parkinson’s movement Initiative

 

 

Dance for PD® with Mark MOrris Dance Group

A free movement class for persons with Parkinson’s and their families, friends and care partners.

Thursday, June 20
11:00am-12:15pm


Please note this class will be held at:

**Hull Avenue Studio**
Duke University
1515 Hull Ave
Durham, NC 27705

This class will be FREE OF CHARGE and led by Sam Black and Mica Bernas from the Mark Morris Dance Group.

In Dance for PD® classes, participants explore movement and music in ways that are enjoyable, stimulating and creative. The internationally-acclaimed Dance for PD® program, developed collaboratively by Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, is built on one fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge, strategies and expressive approach to moving are useful to persons with Parkinson’s. This award-winning program, which just celebrated its 15th year, is appropriate for anyone with PD, no matter how advanced. No dance experience is required. In chairs, at a barre or moving across the floor, you will explore elements of modern dance, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing, and Mark Morris company repertory in a non-pressured, social environment in which live music energizes, enriches and empowers. Classes modeled after Dance for PD are available in more than 120 communities in 20 countries. For more information, please visit www.danceforpd.org.
 
 
 
 

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.