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Featuring: Dance for PD​® Certified Teacher Cindy Surman

Cindy Surman co-founded the Dance for PD® Program at Boca Ballet Theatre in 2013, where she is one of the founding faculty of The School of Boca Ballet Theatre and is the Assistant to the Directors. She began her early dance training in Houston, Texas studying with Edna Herzog, and continued training at Boca Ballet Theatre. Ms. Surman has performed multiple roles both on and off stage as a dancer and a teacher.

She holds a BBA from the University of Texas where she was an All American Collegiate Cheerleader. Her three years as a teacher for National Cheerleaders Association has infused her classroom with joy and enthusiasm. After 22 years of teaching ballet to young students, she learned about Dance for PD® and was thrilled to have the opportunity to create a program for the South Florida area.

The BBT4PD (Boca Ballet Theatre for Parkinson’s disease) program is proud to offer 2 teachers, a live pianist, an assistant teacher, and 4-5 volunteers per class. Since 2015, BBT4PD has presented an End-of-Year performance for family, friends, and Boca Ballet Theatre patrons.

The audience has been inspired by the class participants’ courage to perform, and impressed with the amount of choreography that they master. Share the Joy has become one of the highlights of Boca Ballet Theatre’s Season of Dance.

Boca Raton |

Mondays & Thursdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm
September through May
Registration required
Free of charge

Lead instructors: Cindy Surman (Dance for PD Certified Teacher) and Dennie Lue.

This class is sponsored by the American Parkinson Disease Association South Florida Chapter, FirstLantic Health Care and Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation.

Boca Ballet Theatre
7630 NW 6th Ave.
Boca Raton, FL 33487

For more information or to register: Call (561) 995-0709, mail in registration form, or click here
Class can be danced sitting, standing or holding onto a walker.

Davie (T)

Dance with PD
1st and 3rd Fridays 1:30-2:30 pm
Registration not required
Carepartners welcome to attend
No charge

Lead teacher: Carol Kaminsky

Fitness Center
David Posnack Jewish Community Center
5850 Pine Island Rd
Davie, FL 33328

Call 954-434-0499 or email Audrey for more information

Daytona area (T)

Dance for Parkinson’s

Port Orange: Mondays 1:00-2:00 PM
Port Orange YMCA
4701 City Center Parkway
Port Orange, FL

Deland: Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 PM
Deland Family YMCA
761 E. Int’l Speedway Blvd.
Deland, FL 32124

Edgewater: Wednesdays 1:15-2:15 PM
Southeast Volusia YMCA
148 W. Turgot Ave.
Edgewater, FL 32132

Ormond Beach: Thursdays 1:00-2:00 PM
Ormond Beach YMCA
500 Sterthaus Drive
Ormond Beach, FL

Classes are offered free of charge, and are underwritten by the Parkinson’s Association of Greater Daytona Beach.

All registrants will be able to participate at one or more venues, and caregivers will be welcome to attend and participate at no extra charge.

Presenting organizations: Ormond Beach Family YMCA, Port Orange Family YMCA, Parkinson Association of Greater Daytona Beach (PAGDB).
Teachers: Priscilla Harrell (team leader), Jen Moore, Gabriela Trotta (Port Orange class); Janelle Neal (team leader), Dinah Gill, Gwen Gerhardt (Ormond Beach).

To register, please call the closest YMCA or Bev Johnson 386-738-9622 ext. 313 or visit

For more information: call (386) 676-6375 or email Vince Kinsler, President of the PAGDB.
Please watch this video about the launch of classes in Daytona Beach.

Bonita Springs (T)

Parkinson’s Dance
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 am-12:15 pm
Weekly, starting March 15–please call ahead to confirm
No charge

Sponsoring organization: United Arts Council of Collier County, Parkinsons Association of South Florida
Lead teacher: Isabel Castro with Doug Carman, accompanist
Dance styles/techniques/content covered in class: ballet, jazz , improvisation and partner dancing

Bonita Springs YMCA
27200 Kent Road (off Terry)
Bonita Springs, FL 34135

For more information: call Isabel at (239) 297-2352

Fort Myers (T)

Parkinson’s Dance
Tuesdays and Fridays 10:00–11:15 am
Weekly; please call ahead to confirm.
No charge

Sponsoring organizations: Hope Hospice
Lead teacher: Isabel Castro, with Doug Carman, accompanist
Dance styles/techniques/content covered in class: ballet, jazz, improvisation and partner dancing

Summerlin and Bass Rd.
Fort Myers, FL

For more information: call Isabel at (239) 297-2352


Dance for Life
The program is currently offering classes online. Click here for more information.
Fridays 1:00-2:00 pm
Weekly 12-week sessions
Drop-ins welcome
No charge

Sponsoring organizations: University of Florida Center for the Arts in Healthcare, Shands Arts in Medicine, University of Florida Movement Disorders Center.
Lead teacher: Lauren Arce
Dance styles/techniques/content covered in class: Modern dance, various social dances, and a little ballet

University of Florida McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion, room G-10

For more information: call (352) 733.0880

Jacksonville (T)

Jacksonville University Parkinson’s Dance Therapy
Mondays 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Free of charge

Lead instructor: Cari Coble
Sponsoring Organization: Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

For more information contact JU dance professor Cari Coble at (904) 256-7398 or

To read an article about the JU program, please click here.

Leesburg (T)

Dance for Wellness
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Cost: $5.00 Per Person

Lead instructor: Jenenne Valentino-Bottaro

Dancin’ II Ballroom Studio-Lake Square Mall
10401 US 441
Leesburg, FL
Closest Entrance is located where the JC Penny was located.

For more information, please call 352-319-6767 or email Jenenne.

South Miami- Dade (T)

Parkinson’s Dance
Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, 1-2pm
No charge

Sponsoring Organization: Park Optimist’s Group

St Matthew Episcopal Church
7410 Sunset Dr.
Miami, FL 33143

For more information: contact Audrey wood by phone at (305) 243-1061 or by email

Naples (T)

Parkinson’s Dance
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00–2:15 pm
Weekly, starting October 2010–please call ahead to confirm
No charge

Sponsoring organization: United Arts Council of Collier County, Parkinsons Association of South Florida
Lead teacher: Isabel Castro with Doug Carman, accompanist
Dance styles/techniques/content covered in class: ballet, jazz , improvisation and partner dancing

Fleishman Park Recreation Center

For more information: call Isabel at (239) 297-2352

Niceville (T)

Dance for Parkinson’s – A Tapestry of Movement

Mondays 1:00-2:00 pm
Free of Charge

Adaptive dance using ballet, modern, jazz, tap, improvisation, and choreography.
Lead instructor: Jo Rivera

Niceville Senior Center
201 Campbell Drive
Niceville, FL 32578

Please call 850-279-6436, ext. 1602 for more information or email here. You may also visit the class website.

Orlando (T)

Movement as Medicine
Beginning on April 2nd, 2015
First Thursday and third Thursday of each month 2:00-3:15 pm
Free of charge

Sponsoring organizations: AventHealth Neuroscience Institute’s Parkinson’s Outreach Center, Valencia College, AventHealth Foundation
Lead teachers: Suzanne Salapa, PhD

AventHealth Seventh Day Adventist Church
2800 N Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32804

For more information and registration: call (407) 303-5295 or email

Panama City (T)

Dancing for Parkinson’s
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Free of charge

Lead instructors: Austin Evans, Jay Holmes

Dance Life Dance Studio
415 Harrison Ave
Panama City, FL 32401

Please call (850) 215-4453 for more information. Please click here to see a TV segment about the Panama City program.

Saint Petersburg (T)

Mindful Moves…Dancing Through Parkinson’s
Online classes in partnership with Neuro Challenge Foundation
Monthly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 10:45am – 12:00pm (EDT)
Teacher: Cynthia L. Alicea
Online class link

Studio classes (on hold)
Dancing Through Parkinson’s

Lead instructor: Cynthia Alicea

Azalea Recreation Center
1600 72nd Street N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

For more information call 727-893-7150 or click here.

Sarasota (T)

Joyful Movement Though Parkinson’s with The Sarasota Ballet
Online classes in partnership with Neuro Challenge Foundation
Class time: Monthly on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 10:45am – 12:00pm (EDT)
Teachers: Kate Honea, Christopher Hird, Sarah Krazit
Online class link

Studio classes (on hold)
Dance for Parkinson’s
First and third Tuesdays
11:30am – 12:30pm

The Sarasota Ballet
1400 Blvd of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236

RSVP to Ellen Schaller at

Sarasota (T)

DANCE for Parkinson
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10 am – 11 am
Free of charge

Lead teacher: Leymis Bolaños Wilmott
Styles taught: Contemporary dance

Parkinson Place
5969 Cattleridge Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34232

For more information, please call 941-870-4438 or visit Parkinson Place.

Sarasota (T)

The Parkinson’s Dance Club
Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

Lead teacher: Wendy Canning
Styles taught: Ballroom-based class, with ballet, jazz, tap, African dance, and modern dance.

Location: The First Baptist Church
1661 Main Street
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 400-7207

Tampa (T)

Parkinson’s in Movement
Weekly, in sessions
Free of charge, registration required (see below for link)

Lead teacher: Andrew Carroll (Dance for PD Wertheimer Fellow)
Sponsoring/host organization: Arts4All Florida

America’s Ballet School
15365 Amberly Drive
Tampa, FL 33647
For more information and to register, please contact Wendy Finklea, Arts4All ( Please click here to register.