(left photo)Tomas Bünger (right) is a Bremen-based dancer, teacher and choreographer who is dedicated to integrating people from special populations into the creative process.
(right photo) Maïté Guérin from GOTRA demonstrates elements of the Dance for PD program at TEDxEutropolis in preparation for the launch of “Care to Dance?”
Dance for Parkinson’s classes launched in Bremen, Germany earlier this year at the Volkshochschule. Tomas Bünger, a graduate of the University of Music and Theatre in Hanover and former member of Tanztheater Bremen, attended two training workshops last summer in New York and is leading the pilot program. Classes also launched in Northampton, MA with instructor Fritha Pengelly, and in Lincoln, NE with Ruth Davidson Hahn, a choreographer who is also a founding member of the Mark Morris Dance Group.
Maïté Guérin from the Netherlands-based GOTRA Ballet has launched Care to Dance? in Heerlen, Netherlands and in Liège, Belgium, a program based on Dance for PD and developed through a close collaboration with Dance for PD’s Brooklyn-based staff. Guérin spent more than two years planning and cultivating relationships in communities in Heerlen and Liège, which are within within about 30 miles of each other. Her weekly classes integrate technique and movement from GOTRA’s active repertory. “Dance is such a beautiful living art that everyone can experience,” said Guérin. “That’s why I found such a huge value on teaching dance for people with PD. I’m very thankful that I find a way to serve this specific population.”