Dance for PD at Jacob’s Pillow


Audience members congregate outside Jacob’s Pillow’s Ted Shawn Theater.

Twenty people with Parkinson’s, their friends and families participated in a Dance for PD community class with Mark Morris Dance Group dancers Sam Black and Lesley Garrison at Jacob’s Pillow Friday, August 26. The class coincided with performances by the Mark Morris Dance Group in the Ted Shawn Theater and an Inside/Out performance of choreography by John Heginbotham, one of Dance for PD’s founding teachers. The class was co-presented by the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Mark Morris Dance Group and took place in the Ben and Estelle Sommers Studio, home of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, of which both Garrison and Heginbotham are alumni. “We were thrilled to be able to work with the Pillow to offer this program to the community,” said David Leventhal, Dance for PD’s program manager and another alumni of The School at Jacob’s Pillow. “Participants really seemed to appreciate the opportunity to dance together in this historic and beautiful setting, and to meet and network with others in the Parkinson’s and PD support communities.”

For those in the Berkshires who are interested in dancing through out the year, Megha Buttenheim offers on-going movement classes called Let Your Yoga Dance for Parkinson’s. More information is available here.