Parkinson’s Programs

2021 Dancing With Project

Dancing with (Zoom class series) with Murielle Elizéon & Tommy Noonan

November 4, 11, 18 & December 2, 9, 16, 2021 (6 classes)
Thursdays, 10:00am-11:30Am EST ONLINE

Price: FREE

We are thrilled to continue Dancing With via Zoom! Registration is required. For more information on registration and how to join Dancing With classes on Zoom, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Fill out the Dancing With Zoom class registration form by clicking here. After filling out the registration form, you will be provided links and instructions for accessing Zoom classes.
  2. Download Zoom to your computer, tablet, or phone. Click here for more information on Zoom.
  3. At the time of class, click on the link provided to launch Zoom on your device. A host will let you in.
  4. Enjoy a LIVE virtual class with Murielle, Tommy, and collaborators!


This free workshop series will use mindful movement, dance and imagery to provide people living with Parkinson’s Disease the tools to achieve increased quality of life, a reduction in the risk of falls, and a sense of personal agency. Workshops will be led by professional choreographers and dancers who will guide participants safely through a warm-up and exercises emphasizing body awareness, flexibility, balance, an enhanced relationship to the floor, the room, and other people, as well as an awakened sense of playfulness and creativity.

The fall class series follows the 2019 creation of the ADF-commissioned performance They Are All (read press here), and is an integrated part of a unique 3-year project led by choreographers Murielle Elizéon and Tommy Noonan in collaboration with a diverse group of dancers living with and without Parkinson’s, dance educators, Physical and Occupational Therapists, and Neuroscientists. The goal is to seed new perspectives on the positive effects of creative, mindful movement for those living with Parkinson’s, and to lay the groundwork for a future formal research project. Find out more at

Dancing With is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. Additional support is provided by RTI International.


2021-2022 parkinson’s movement initiative (PMI) online


We are thrilled to offer weekly dance and Pilates for Parkinson’s classes each week via Zoom.

  • Fall Term 2021 Classes with PMI: 
    • Weekly Dance for Parkinson’s on Sundays 3:00-4:15pm
      • September 19-December 19 (No classes November 22-28)
    • Monthly Dance for Parkinson’s on Fridays 3:00-4:15pm
      • Second Friday of the Month: Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10
    • Weekly Pilates for Parkinson’s on Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00-3:15pm
      • September 27-December 20 (No classes November 22-28)
  • Registration is required. For more information on registration and how to join PMI Zoom classes, please follow the instructions below:

    1. Fill out our Google Form by CLICKING HERE. (If you already signed up in 2020 or 2021, you do not need to sign up again)
    2. Download Zoom to your computer, tablet, or phone. Click here for more information on Zoom.
    3. At the time of class, click the link provided to launch Zoom on your device. A host will let you in to class.
    4. Enjoy a LIVE virtual class with the PMI team!


Additionally, while we have paused our in-person studio classes in the face of COVID-19, PMI has built an online catalogue of videos for you to continue your practice at home.  Check out our YouTube channel for videos ranging in length from 3-25 minutes with your favorite Parkinson’s Movement Initiative instructors. Don’t forget to subscribe so you can find it again easily!

Pilates for parkinson’s with meg poe

Join us for weekly classes on Zoom by registering here, and check out our YouTube channel for video classes!

September 27-December 20, 2021 (no classes November 22-28)
Mondays, 2:00-3:15pm EST 
Wednesdays, 2:00-3:15pm EST

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

Join us for weekly classes on Zoom by registering here, and check out our YouTube channel for video classes!

September 19-December 19 (no classes November 22-28)
Fridays, 3:00-4:15pm EST – MONTHLY, the second Friday of the month!
(Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10)
Sundays, 3:00pm-4:15pm EST

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.

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 community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Through this support, all classes offered through the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative are free for people living with PD and their caregivers.

Additional support is provided by RTI International, the Lyna J. Rogers Fund of Triangle Community Foundation in memory of Betty Y. Powell, and individual donors.


El Festival de Baile Americano se siente orgulloso de ofrecer clases de la iniciativa del movimiento Parkinsons es asociación con NC Baile por Parkinsons y Soluciones de Bienestar Poe. Las clases estan soporatadas por una subvención de la Fundación de Parkinson’s. Tras los fondos, todas las clases ofrecida por la iniciative del movimiento Parkinson’s son gratis por los individuales viviendo con PD y los cuidadores. 

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