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Featuring: Dance for PD​® Certified Teacher Susan Weber

Susan Weber founded the Dance for PD® Program at Berkeley Ballet Theater in 2008, motivated both by her father’s twenty-year experience with Parkinson’s disease and by her long friendships with Mark Morris and founding teachers David Leventhal and John Heginbotham. The first Dance for PD® certified teaching artist in California, Susan holds M.A. and B.A. degrees in Dance from UCLA, where she began teaching as a graduate student.

Ms. Weber performed in the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, touring extensively in North America and Europe and assisting Mr. Lubovitch in setting works at the Royal Danish Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and on Lynn Seymour of the Royal Ballet, among many others. More recently, she assisted Mark Morris as he created new works at San Francisco Ballet: A Garden, Later, his full-length Sylvia, and Joyride. She has also helped set his works at the Royal Ballet and English National Ballet.

Susan is a certified yoga instructor and a lifelong student of anatomy. At Berkeley Ballet Theater, Susan directs the Dance for PD® Program, leads two weekly Dance for PD® classes, teaches advanced ballet and serves as Advisor to the pre-professional Youth Company.

Photo credit: Natalia Perez
 
 
 
 


Bay Area Consortium

The Bay Area Consortium is comprised of five established Dance for PD programs that share teachers, methods and resources to provide high quality classes in five communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.Bay Area Consortium

Berkeley | DfPD Certified FAC
Dance for PD®
Two classes every week:
Mondays, 12:00-1:15 PM
Thursdays 2:45-4:00 PM
Preregistration required
No charge

Sponsoring organization: Berkeley Ballet Theater
Lead teachers: Marika Brussel, Erin Carper, Megan Low, Alyce Maurer, Susan Weber
Lead musicians: Gerry Grosz, Chris Houston, and Gaea Schell
Dance styles/techniques/content covered in class: modern, ballet, jazz, folk, improvisation, Mark Morris repertory

Berkeley Ballet Theaterr
Berkeley Ballet Theater
1370 Tenth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

For information and registration, please call (925) 457-8170. To watch a video about the Berkeley Ballet Theater program, please click here.

Oakland (T)
Dance for PD®
Thursdays, 10:30-11:45 AM
Classes held year-round
No charge

Sponsoring organizations: Danspace, PD Active, dNaga
Lead teachers: Claudine Naganuma, Freesia Paclebar Huth, and Yasmine Oiknine
Dance styles/techniques/content covered in class: modern, ballet, improvisation and composition
Musician: Roz Aronson

Danspace
473 Hudson St.
Oakland, CA 94618

For information and registration: call (510) 479-6119 or email dance@pdactive.org

San Francisco | DfPD Certified FAC
Dance for PD®
Thursdays
12:45 – 2 pm

Presenting partners: LINES Dance Center and PDSF Network
Lead teachers: Marika Brussel, Erin Carper, Susan Weber
Dance styles/techniques/content covered in class: modern, ballet, jazz, folk, improv, Mark Morris repertory with live musical accompaniment

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
26 Seventh Street, 5th Fl
San Francisco, CA 94103

San Francisco (T)
San Francisco (T)
Dance for PD®
Select Sundays, twice a month
12:00-1:15 PM
Drop-ins welcome
Free; donations gratefully accepted

Sponsoring organizations: Joe Goode Performance Group, PDSF NetworkLead teachers: Joe Goode Performance Group company members with live musical accompaniment.

Joe Goode Annex
401 Alabama St. @17th St. in the Mission
San Francisco, CA 94110
Street parking available

For information: call (415) 285-7377 or email PDSFNetwork@gmail.com

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Read the article about this class that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle

San Rafael/Marin (T)
The Parkinson’s Dance Project
Weekly on Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 PM
Pianist Rob Ellis leads an informal sing-along at 12:30 on the first and third Tuesdays.
Preregistration requested, drop-ins welcome
$10 suggested donation

Sponsoring organizations: Marin Dance Theatre
Lead teachers:  Torri Campbell and Brigid Hoag
Dance Styles:  ballet, modern, jazz, folk, improv, choreography

Marin Dance Theatre
One St. Vincent Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903

For information and registration: call (415) 819-2066 or email torriacampbell@yahoo.com
To watch an information video about the class, please click here

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Stanford (T)
Dance for Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
Mondays and Fridays
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Free of charge; RSVP required

Presenting organization: Stanford Health Care, Stanford Movement Disorders Center
Lead instructor: Damara Ganley

Stanford Neuroscience Wellness Center
213 Quarry Road Room 1511
Palo Alto, CA 94304

For more information, please contact Stanford’s Neuroscience Supportive Care Program at 650-721-8500.

Sunnyvale (T)
Dance for PD: Poetry in Motion
Fridays, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Drop-ins welcome
$12.00 per class or $100.00 for a ten pack

Sponsoring organization: Parkinson’s Institute
Lead teachers: Damara Ganley and Becca Dean
Dance styles/techniques/content covered in class: Modern, ballet, folk, improvisation, choreography

The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center
675 Almanor Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94085

For more information: call Parkinson’s Institute at (408) 734-2800 or Damara Vita Ganley at (831) 251-5397, or visit the Parkinson’s Institute website.
To see a video about the Sunnyvale program, please click here.

Carmel (T)

Dance for Healing, a Dance for Parkinson’s class
Mondays
12-1:15 p.m.

Lead instructor: Trina Frometa
Sponsoring organizations: Proyecto Movemento; Proyecto Parkinson

Carmel Academy of Performing Arts
Mission St. and Eighth
Carmel, CA

For more information, please call (831) 624-3729 or visit www.trinafrometa.com.

Davis (T)

Dance for Parkinson’s
Tuesdays, 2:00-3:15 PM
Weekly
Preregistration required
No charge

Sponsoring organizations: Mondavi Center, Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, Parkinson Association of Northern California
Lead teachers: Pamela Trokanski and Bobbie Bolden
Dance styles/techniques/content covered in class: modern, ballet, jazz, improvisation

Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop
2720 Del Rio Place
Davis, CA 95618

For information and registration: call Ruth Rosenberg at (530) 752-6113
Additional information: Davis Dance for Parkinson’s webpage

Emeryville (T)

Dance Moves Me! for Parkinson’s
Fridays, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Weekly
No Charge. Students need to join Emeryville Senior Center: $10/year for Emeryville residents $20/year non-Emeryville residents

Lead teachers: Debbie Sternbach and Woodrow Thompson
Sponsoring Organization: City of Emeryville

Dance Styles/techniques: jazz, ballet, tap, musical theater, vintage, improvisation, choreography, voice work

The Bridgecourt Room
3990 Harlan (off 40th St.)
Emeryville, CA 94608

Contact the Emeryville Senior Center to register: 510-596-3730
Contact Debbie Sternbach for information: 510-653-8362 or visit www.dancemovesme.com

Fresno (T)

Twist & Shout: a dance class while seated and standing for Parkinson’s patients and their circle of care
Class on hiatus until further notice
For questions and registration, please call (559) 240-3200.

Los Angeles–Pasadena (T)

Dancing with Parkinson’s
Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Drop-ins welcome
Free of charge

Sponsoring organizations: Lineage Dance, San Gabriel Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association
Lead teachers: Michelle Kolb, Hilary Thomas
Dance styles/techniques/content covered in class: modern, ballet, jazz, improvisation, Lineage Dance repertory

Lineage Dance
The Lineage Performing Arts Center
89 South Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

For more information: call (213) 500-3457 or (626) 844-7008.

Los Angeles–Mid-city (T)

Dancing through Parkinson’s
Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 PM (except for Major Holidays)
Drop-ins welcome
No advanced registration or payment is required. Participants are encouraged to make a $15 donation per session.

An engagement program of: Invertigo Dance Theatre
Lead teachers: Heidi Buehler and Linda Berghoff

Culver-Palms YMCA Dance Studio
4500 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
Free parking behind the building
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For more information about the program and the class locations: call Monica Miklas at 424-229-2141, email dancepd@invertigodance.org, or visit www.invertigodance.org/parkinsons

Los Angeles–West LA (T)

Dancing through Parkinson’s
Mondays, 1:30-2:30 PM (except for Major Holidays)
Drop-ins welcome
No advanced registration or payment is required. Participants are encouraged to make a $15 donation per session.

An engagement program of: Invertigo Dance Theatre
Lead teachers:  Linda Berghoff and Rachel Whiting 

Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
Free parking lot
Click here for a map

For more information about the program and the class locations: call Monica Miklas at 424-229-2141, email dancepd@invertigodance.org, or visit www.invertigodance.org/parkinsons

Los Angeles–Beverly Hills (T)

Dancing through Parkinson’s
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 PM (except for Major Holidays)
Please call to confirm dates before coming to your first class
Drop-ins welcome
No advanced registration or payment is required. Participants are encouraged to make a $15 donation per session.

An engagement program of: Invertigo Dance Theatre in partnership with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Lead teachers:  Heidi Buehler and Linda Berghoff

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Underground parking $1/hr for first two hours. Click here for map

For more information about the program and the class locations: call Monica Miklas at 424-229-2141, email dancepd@invertigodance.org, or visit www.invertigodance.org/parkinsons

Los Angeles–Lincoln Heights (T)

Dancing through Parkinson’s
First Tuesday of every month, 11 AM to 12 PM
Drop-ins welcome
No advanced registration or payment is required. Participants are encouraged to make a $15 donation per session.

An engagement program of: Invertigo Dance Theatre
Lead teacher: Laura Karlin

Plaza de la Raza
3540 N Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Free parking in lot
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For more information about the program and the class locations: call Monica Miklas at 424-229-2141, email dancepd@invertigodance.org, or visit www.invertigodance.org/parkinsons

Los Angeles–Tarzana (T)

Dancing with Parkinson’s
Tuesdays 1:30-2:30 PM
Drop-ins welcome
No advanced registration or payment is required. Participants are encouraged to make a $15 donation per session.

An engagement program of: Invertigo Dance Theatre
Lead teacher: Heidi Buehler

LA Star Dance Studio
19320 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356
Plentiful street parking
Click here for map

For more information about the program and the class locations: call Monica Miklas at 424-229-2141, email dancepd@invertigodance.org, or visit www.invertigodance.org/parkinsons

Orange County–Fountain Valley (T)

Dance for Parkinson’s
Mondays 10:00-11:15 AM
Drop ins welcome; no charge

Sponsoring organization: Orange Coast Memorial
Lead teachers: Gina Quintana, Rebeca Ramos-O’Reilly and Meg Teran
Dance styles/techniques covered in class: Modern, ballet, jazz, tap, improvisation

Mariposa Shopping Center (next door to hospital, two doors down from Togo’s)
18225 Brookhurst St., Suite 12
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
For more information, please call (714) 378-5022 or email Teri Brown.

Ventura County–Thousand Oaks (T)

Tango for PD
Mondays 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Drop-ins welcome
Free of charge

Lead teacher: Dennis Cante
Dance styles/techniques covered in class: Seated warmup, partnered Argentine tango with a focus on posture, balance and walking.

Seven Oaks Physical Therapy & Fitness Center
141 Triunfo Canyon Rd.
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Free parking

For more information, please contact Dennis by email or call 323-896-2373. More information online at http://www.energyofdance.org.

Merced (T)

Dance for PD
Class time is 2:45-3:45 Tuesdays​

Merced Academy of Dance
www.mercedacademyofdance.com
​645 West Main Street
3rd floor
Merced, CA 95340

Classes are drop-in friendly, $10 each, and free for care partners.

Ojai (T)

Dancing with Parkinson’s
Dance classes for people with Parkinson’s Disease
Mondays 1:00-2:00 pm (except holidays)
Weekly
$5 Suggested donation

Lead teacher: Irina Dukhon

“The Barn” at St. Joseph’s Retirement Center
2464 East Ojai Avenue
Parking is available through the Villa Giuseppe entrance

For more information, please contact Irina at (206) 909-8918 or by email.

Riverside (T)

Movement for Life – BRAVA
Weekly on Tuesdays
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Lead instructor: Glenda Carhart

6465 Sycamore Canyon Blvd.
Suite 110
Riverside, CA 92507
Accessible studios with sprung dance flooring

Call for more information (800) 870-6069 or visit www.movementforlife-brava.org.

Sacramento (T)

Dance for Parkinson’s
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:15 PM and 2:45-4:00 PM
Weekly
Preregistration required
No charge

Sponsoring organizations: Mondavi Center, UC Davis; Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, Parkinson Association of Northern California
Lead teachers: Kathy Van Hoof and Elaine Silver
Dance styles/techniques/content covered in class: modern, ballet, jazz, improvisation

Eskaton Monroe Lodge
3225 Freeport Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95818

For information and registration: call Ruth Rosenberg at (530) 752-6113 or contact Ruth via email.

San Diego–Encinitas(T)

Dance for Parkinson’s
Thursdays at 1:15 p.m.
No charge
No registration required. Please call before attending for the first time.

Sponsors: North County Parkinson’s Support Group, Emily Miller and Performing Arts Workshop
Lead teacher: Cheryl McIlhon
Dance styles/techniques/content covered in class: folk, jazz, modern dance, progressive relaxation

Performing Arts Workshop
1465 Encinitas Blvd A102
Encinitas, CA 92024

For more information: call (248) 755-7431

Santa Cruz (T)

Dance for Parkinson’s
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:15pm
Classes held year-round
No charge
Drop-ins Welcome

Sponsoring organizations: ComForCare Santa Cruz and Motion Pacific Dance
Lead teachers: Damara Vita Ganley, Katie Griffin and Molly Katzman
Musician: John Malkin

Motion Pacific Dance
131 Front Street Suite E
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
motionpacific.com

For information: call (831) 457-1616 or email abra@motionpacific.com

Santa Rosa/Sonoma (T)

Dance for Parkinson’s
2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1:15—2:45 p.m.
No registration necessary; Drop-ins welcome
$10 suggested donation

Sponsoring Organization: Parkinson’s Support Group of Sonoma County
Head teachers: Torri Campbell, Brigid Hoag
Musician: Rob Ellis
Dance Styles: Ballet, modern, jazz, folk, improv, choreography

The Odd Fellows Hall
545 Pacific Avenue (at Mendocino)
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Map
Parking Adjacent to Hall
For information call: (707) 942-4234 or email
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Visalia (T)

Twist & Shout: a dance class while seated and standing for Parkinson’s people and their circle of care
On hiatus

Lead teacher: Kathy Page
For questions and information, please call (559) 240-3200.

Walnut Creek (T)

Dance Moves Me! for Parkinson’s
Every Tuesday, beginning September 8th
1-2:30 p.m.
$10/class – care partners are free
Pre-registration required

Instructors: Debbie Sternbach and Woodrow Thompson
Dance styles taught: jazz, ballet, tap, musical theater, vintage, improvisation
Sponsoring organization: Parkinson Network Mt. Diablo

Ace Dance Academy
1825 Mt. Diablo Blvd. (behind Fitness Superstore)
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

For information and registration, please contact Debbie Sternbach at 510-653-8362 or visit www.dancemovesme.com.