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Audio: Please click on the photo to the right to hear Michael Brookes (in foreground of photo) speak to WNYC’s Brian Lehrer about his experience as a member of the Brooklyn Parkinson Group taking Dance for PD classes at the Mark Morris Dance Center.

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Charities Kick Off Experiments With Google Glass in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Google funding Ft. Greene studio’s Parkinson’s-dance app in The Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn dance group wins Google Glass app contest in Crain’s New York Business

Video: Combating disease with dance: a new approach to Parkinson’s on CNN The Next List (Rebecca Bluitt)

Dancing By Chair: My Dance for PD Experience in Behind the Curtain (Susan McGreevy-Nichols)

Video: My Father, My Brother, and Me on PBS Frontline (Dave Iverson, director)

Reasons for Hope on PBS Frontline (an update by Dave Iverson)

Video: Inspiring Dancers on Better TV

Video: Dance Helps Parkinson’s Patients Harness Therapeutic Power of Movement on PBS NewsHour (by Special Correspondent Dave Iverson)

Audio: Parkinson’s Patients Find Grace in Dance on National Public Radio

Getting Their Groove Back, With Help from the Magic of Dance in The New York Times

Dance Class ‘Uplifting’ for Parkinson’s Patients in USA Today

Finding New Life Through Movement in Neurology Now

Gentle Exercise in Neurology Now

They dance for their health, and to defeat dreaded Parkinson’s Disease in New York Daily News

Dancing for Parkinson’s: Aesthetics, not Symptoms in exploredance.com

People with Parkinson’s Discover the Joy of Dance in Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Newsletter

Mark Morris Dance Group Reaches Out in The Hill

Mark Morris Dance Class Aids Parkinson’s in New York Daily News

Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Comes to the Bay Area in Berkeley Daily Planet (reprint from Michael J. Fox Foundation newsletter)

Neuroscience 2008 in Neuroscience Quarterly

Dance Begins with a Cognitive Act for Professionals and Parkinson’s Patients in Dana Foundation Newsletter

The Benefits of Dance for People with Parkinson’s Disease in SmartMoney.com

Dance Therapy for Parkinson’s at Livestrong.com

Audio: Parkinson’s patients find relief through dance: an interview with Jill Sonke, from the University of Florida Center for the Arts in Healthcare Research and Education on WUFT-FM

Video: Dance Parkinson’s Away on ABC 12

Dance for Parkinson’s Disease in Dance Informa

Video: Dance for PD Classes Make Bronx Debut on Bronx 12

Video: David Leventhal and Olie Westheimer receive the Alan Bonander Award at the 2013 Parkinson’s Unity Walk

Former Mark Morris principal dances for Parkinson’s in The Lybbaverse

Dance for PD Training Workshops

Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Teacher-Training Workshop in Dance Teacher Magazine

Pas de Deux with Parkinson’s in Dance Studio Life

Intercession Course Explores Dance for Parkinson’s Patients in Rollins College News

Dancing Their Way to Relief on Channel 20 Gainesville

Affiliated Classes

Abingdon, PA

Video: People with Parkinson’s Revel in Dance Class Made for Them (Newsworks)

Austin, TX

Video: Power for Parkinson’s in Austin (YNN)
Dance helps those with Parkinson’s slow the progression of the debilitating disease (Austin American-Statesman)
Video: Dance helps those with Parkinson’s slow the progression of the debilitating disease (Austin American-Statesman)

Berkeley/Oakland, CA

Video: Rockridge Studio Helps People Cope with Parkinson’s Through Dance (Oakland North)
Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Comes to the Bay Area (Berkeley Daily Planet)
Parkinson’s disease patients find rare physical freedom in Berkeley-based dance classes (San Jose Mercury News)
Video: Parkinson’s patients benefit from dancing (ABC7 News)

Billings, MT

Video: Dance for Parkinson’s (Billings Gazette)
They can’t walk very well, but they can dance (Billings Gazette)
Parkinson’s Dance Classes (KULR8.com)

Birmingham, AL

Dance for PD classes set to begin at Alabama Ballet facility (Birmingham News)

Bloomington, IN

Arts at Any Age: A college student who helps people with Parkinson’s Disease improve their mobility through dance (WFYI Indiana)
Dance Class Offers Physical and Emotional Benefits (Indiana Public Media)
Parkinson’s patients take to dance floor (Journal Gazette)
Video:  Dancers with Parkinson’s Disease (IU HEALTH & Vitality)

Boca Raton, FL

Parkinson’s patients dance–and piroutte (Sun Sentinel)

Brisbane, AU

Video: Dance therapy for Parkinson’s sufferers (7 News)

Broomfield, CO

Dance adds rhythm, grace to Parkinson’s therapy (Broomfield Enterprise)

Canberra, Australia

Cultural program puts art in the community’s hands (The Canberra Times)

Camden, ME

Keep on Dancing (Press Herald)
Dancing with Parkinson’s at Hutchinson (Waldo Village Soup)
Video: Easing the Burden: Parkinson’s Disease (Maine Public Broadcasting)

Chicago, IL

Video: Parkinson’s Dance (WebMD)
Video: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Dance for Parkinson’s class (CBS 2 News)
Video: Dancer-turned-doctor starts classes for Parkinson’s patients (ABC 7)

Cincinnati, OH

Audio: Dancing with Parkinson’s (WVXU)

Cleveland, OH

Parkinson’s Boot Camp highlights the benefits of exercise in managing the disease (The Plain Dealer)

Dancing with Parkinson’s Disease (JCC Annual Report)
Patients with Parkinson’s disease get better with dance lessons, especially the tango (Cleveland.com)

Yes…I Can (!) Dance brings about positive changes to people with Parkinson’s Disease (Cleveland.com)

Columbia, MD

Dance program brings joy to participants with Parkinson’s (Explore Howard)

Croydon, UK

Surprisingly, dance addresses symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (JTBC News Korea)
Download an English translation of JTBC News article

Dallas, TX

Fighting Parkinson’s, With Dance (KERA News for North Texas)
Video: Parkinson Patients Still Dancing (Dallas Morning News)

Daytona, FL

Getting Back In Step (News Journal)
Denver, CO

Stimulation Through Dance Movement: Breaking the Boundaries of Illness (PR Web)
Parkinson’s Patients Find Strength, Joy in Dance Class (The Denver Channel/ABC 7 News)
Rhythm and Grace (Personal blog)

Duluth, MN

Teacher’s passion for dance benefits Northland residents with Parkinson’s disease (Duluth News Tribute)

Durham, NC

Student Dancer Stretches Dance to Healthcare (Duke Today)

Edinburgh, UK

Parkinson’s sufferers refusing to dance to the tune of crippling disease (Edinburgh Evening News)

Emory, VA

Video: Parkinson’s dance class (WCYB Channel 5)

Flagstaff, AZ

Life in motion: New dance class helps people with Parkinson’s disease (Diandra Markgraf)

Freiburg, Germany

Schönheit. Anmut. Freude (Badische Zeitung)

Gainesville, FL

Audio: Parkinson’s patients find relief through dance: an interview with Jill Sonke, from the University of Florida Center for the Arts in Healthcare Research and Education (WUFT-FM)

Hamilton, Ontario, CA

Innovative Ballet Program Benefits Those who Suffer from the Disease (Hamilton Community News)
Video: A therapy for Parkinson’s you wouldn’t expect (CHCH News)
Video: Dance for Parkinson’s Program launched in Hamilton (CBC News)

Heerlen, Netherlands

Care to Dance? (geZIEN news)

Jackson, MS

Steps in the Right Direction for those with Parkinson’s Disease (Millsaps College)

Jerusalem, Israel

Exercising Optimism (Jerusalem Post)

Keene, NH

Aspiring dancers learn their moves (Keene Sentinel)

Lancaster, PA

Classes help those with Parkinson’s find joy in movement (Lancaster Online)

Lincoln, NE

Video: Dance for Parkinson’s comes to Lincoln (1011 Now)
Taking on Parkinson’s one dance step at a time (Lincoln Journal Star)
Podcast: Former MMDG Company Member brings Dance for PD to Lincoln

London, UK

English National Ballet provides Dance for Parkinson’s classes, but more are needed (The Telegraph)
Dreaming with their feet (EPDA Plus–the publication of the European Parkinson Disease Association)
Ballet school takes steps to help sufferers of Parkinson’s (London Evening Standard)
Dance for Parkinson’s (LondonDance.com)
Dance classes for Parkinson’s Sufferers (Wimbledon Guardian)
Ballet Therapy for Parkinson’s Sufferers (Channel 4 blog by Matthew Cain)
Can Dancing Help to Tackle Parkinson’s? (Daily Express)
English National Ballet helps Parkinson’s patients (BBC)
Video: A pas de deux with Parkinson’s (Euronews)

Longmont, CO

Longmont a Select City for Creative Parkinson’s Disease Dance Class (Times-Call)
Video: Longmont Parkinson’s Dance Class (Times-Call)

Los Angeles–Pasadena, CA

Dancers Move Beyond Parkinson’s At Lineage (Pasadena Weekly, Arroyo)

Los Angeles–Venice, CA

Video: Dancing Through Parkinson’s (CBS 2)

Manhasset, NY

Video: A Dance for Life

Meadowview, VA

Park Parkinson’s at the Door (Herald Courier)

Middletown, CT

Parkinson’s Dance Class Helps Keep Things Moving (Record Journal)

Minneapolis, MN

Local seniors use movement as medicine (Minnesota StarTribune)
Small Steps (Minnesota Medicine)

Missoula, MT

Dance, art, more promote Parkinson’s outreach at Missoula conference (Missoulian)

New London, CT

Retired professor brings dance class for people with Parkinson´s Disease to Connecticut College (Connecticut College News)
Therapy Dance Class Focuses On Getting People With Parkinsons Moving (Norwich Bulletin)
Video: Dance Offers Powerful Treatment for Parkinson’s Patients (NBC Connecticut)

Newport, RI

Two Step: Parkinson’s disease sufferers channel their inner Ginger Rogers to find flexibility and freedom of movement (Newport Life Magazine)

Ojai, CA

Video: Dancing Through Life, Dancing With Parkinson’s Disease (Our Ventura TV)

Omaha, NE

A Step in the Right Direction (Omaha World-Herald)

Orleans, MA

Helping Jane Regain Her Rhythm (Inspire–Boston Medical Center newsletter)

Petaluma, CA

Parkinson’s Sufferers Find Support, Community in Group (Petaluma Patch)

Philadelphia, PA

Dance classes help Parkinson’s patients stay limber (The Inquirer)
Plymouth Meeting girl honored for fundraising efforts for Parkinson’s Council (Montgomery Media News)
CHI hosts Dance for Parkinson’s (South Philly Review)
For people with Parkinson’s Disease, dancing a ‘liberating’ experience (Milestones)
Audio: People with Parkinson’s revel in dance class made for them (WHYY)

Pittsburgh, PA

Jews grapple with Parkinson’s, look to Israel, local sources for help (The Jewish Chronicle)

Port St. Lucie, FL

Dance class helps people with Parkinson’s disease (TC Palm)

Princeton, NJ

Parkinson’s Patients Move to Music In Classes Held at Princeton Studio (Town Topics)

Providence, RI

Shall We Dance (Blog)

Pune, India

Video: Dance for Parkinson’s Disease- Hrishikesh Pawar
Healing Through Dance, Drama, Music & Art (DNA: Daily News & Analysis)
Doctor on the Dance Floor (Times of India)
They gave up big salaries to do good for the world (Rediff Business–India)
Art-based therapies help improve mental health (Times of India–Pune)

Richmond, VA

Richmond Parkinson’s Dance Project (SE PADRECC News–The Newsletter of the Veterans Health Administration’s Southeast Parkinson’s Disease Research Education & Clinical Center at McGuire VAMC)

Rye, NY

Rye dance class offers freedom of movement to Parkinson’s patients (LoHud.com)

Salisbury, MD

Boomers and Beyond: Living with Parkinson’s Disease (Delmarva.com)

San Francisco, CA

Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Classes in Bay Area (San Francisco Chronicle)
Freedom from Parkinson’s on dance floor (San Francisco Chronicle)

San Rafael, CA

Parkinson’s Dance Project gets everyone up and moving (Marin Independent Journal)

Sarasota, FL

Arts and Health Integration Work through Dance and Movement (Sarasota-Manatee Newsletter)
Video: Dancing with the pros (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
August kicks off new dance class for Parkinson’s patients (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
Parkinson’s Disease Patients Turn to Dance (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

Seattle/Puget Sound, WA

Dancing gives patients a safe place to feel hopeful (PT Leader)
Lifting Mind, Body and Spirit through Dance for Parkinson’s (AgeWise King County)
Dance program helps slow Parkinson’s symptoms (Mukilteo Beacon)
Island Group Brings National ‘Dance for PD’ to Vashon (Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber)
Dance class helps Parkinson’s patients use movement as a strategy (Seattle Times)
Video: Dance for Parkinson’s Project (Seattle Times Media)
Free-flowing Therapy (The Sequim Gazette)
Parkinson’s, MS dance class topic of support group (Peninsula Daily News)
Movemement, fun point of class for nervous system issues (Peninsula Daily News)

Shreveport, LA

Dancing with Parkinson’s bridges generations in Shreveport (WWNO)

Spartanburg, SC

Ballet Spartanburg Reaches Out (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)

Spokane, WA

Celebrate Dance at Kress Gallery (Gonzaga University News)
Dances of Compassion (Gonzaga Bulletin)
Dance for Parkinson’s Builds Layers of Joy (Gonzaga: The Magazine of Gonzaga University)

Sun City, AZ

Video: Dancing helps Parkinson’s Patients (NBC News National Report)

Sunnyvale, CA

The power of dance: Mind, body, emotion converge in Parkinson’s program (Los Altos Town Crier)
Dance for PD at the Parkinson’s Institute
Video: Dance for PD at the Parkinson’s Institute

Sydney, Australia

Dance: the new Parkinson’s remedy (News Corp)

Syracuse, NY

Video: Special dance therapy helps local Parkinson’s patients (SYR.com News Channel 9)

Urbana-Champaign, IL

Movement Workshop Offered for People with Parkinsons (News-Gazette)
The Music and Movement of People with Parkinson’s Disease (Daily Illlini)
Dance for Parkinson’s Gives Patients Medicine for the Soul (Daily Illlini)
Dance for Parkinson’s (The 217.com)

Waltham, MA

Dancing To Ease Symptoms Of Parkinson’s Disease (WCVB Channel 5)
Just the Right Moves (The Boston Globe)

Washington, D.C.

Dance for Parkinson’s Disease: Movement as medicine (Washington Post)
Don’t Let Illness Take the Lead (Washington Post Express)
People With Parkinson’s Discover the Joy of Dance (PDF in the News, originally published in AARP Bulletin)
Video: If I Can’t Dance—Dancing with Parkinson’s Documentary (Lucy Bowen McCauley Dance + Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area)
Video: Dance helps lift people with Parkinson’s disease (UPI.com)
Pas de Deux with Parkinson’s: How dance teachers can help in the battle against a degenerative disease (Dance Studio Life)

Wilmington, NC

Dance, exercise classes help those with Parkinson’s disease (Star News)

Winston-Salem, NC

Improvisational dance class benefits people with Parkinson’s Disease (Kathy Norcross Watts)

Dance for PD On Tour
Albany, NY

Mark Morris Dance Group offers free class for people with Parkinson’s (Times Union)

Austin, TX

Dance helps those with Parkinson’s slow the progression of the debilitating disease (Austin American-Statesman)

Birmingham, AL

Body and mind: Connecting dance and Parkinson’s Disease (The Birmingham News)

Boston, MA

BIDMC Hosts Dance for PD (BIDMC News)
Health At A Glance: Movement to Aid Parkinson’s Patients (Boston Globe)

Brookfield, WI

Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month is More Than the Disease (Moving Forward blog, Froedtert.com/Medical College of Wisconsin)

Exton, PA

Dancing with Parkinson’s (Daily Local News)

Guangzhou, China

Nangfang Hospital first in Asia to introduce dance as treatment for Parkinson’s disease (SouthCN.com)
Download an English translation of SouthCN.com article

New London, CT

Dance class brings joy to those with Parkinson’s (The Day)

Orlando, FL

Parkinson’s patients give dance a whirl
Orlando Dance for PD photo essay

Philadelphia, PA

Slide Show: Temple News photographs of Dance for PD Master Class

Phoenix, AZ

Dancing Away Parkinsons Disease (AZ Central.com)

Princeton, NJ

Every Move You Make: Bringing Dance to Parkinson’s Patients (West Windsor and Plainsboro News)

Tulsa, OK

Dance Class Beneficial to Parkinson’s Patients (Tulsa World)
Excerpt from MMDG company profile (Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)

White River Junction, VT

People with Parkinson’s Disease Go with the Flow at Dance Class (Valley News)

Miscellaneous/unaffiliated classes
Costa Mesa, CA

Looking into the healing effects of music (Los Angeles Times)