Dance for Parkinson's

Image courtesy of the Mark Morris Dance Group/Brooklyn Parkinson Group.

Dance for Parkinson's Pittsburgh is modeled after Dance for PD®, a renowned program which is gaining popularity and support throughout the world and offers offers specialized dance classes accompanied by live music for people with Parkinson's, their caregivers, family members and friends. In Dance for PD® classes, participants explore movement and music in ways that are enjoyable, stimulating and creative. The program is built on one fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD. Dancers know all about stretching and strengthening muscles, and about balance and rhythm. Most importantly, dancers know how to use their thoughts, eyes, ears, touch and imagination to control their movements. 

This popular class, which has been offered at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn since 2001, is appropriate for anyone with PD, no matter how advanced. No dance experience is required. In chairs, at a barre or standing, you will explore elements of modern dance, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing in a non-pressured, social environment in which live music energizes, enriches and empowers. Classes modeled after Dance for PD® now occur in more than 100 communities in the US, Canada, Mexico, Italy, India, Israel, UK and Germany… and now Pittsburgh.  


Why Dance for Parkinson's? Dance for PD® has many reasons on their website!

When: Saturdays, beginning again on August 2.

Time: August 2-23: 12:00-1:00 pm
         starting September 6, 2:30-3:30 pm

Where: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Studios (2900 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201)

Accommodations: Free parking is available in our private lot adjacent to the studio. All classrooms and restroom facilities are handicap accessible; however, at this time, we do not have an automatic push-button door entering the building.

Cost: Try your first class for free! Dance cards will be available to purchase for 5, 7, or 10 classes ($30, $40, and $50 respectively), and family members and caregivers are invited to participate at no additional charge.

How do I register, purchase a dance card, or get more information? Call the National Parkinson Foundation Western PA for additional class and registration information at 412-837-2542. You can also download the class brochure here


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is proud to partner with the following organizations to provide these classes: