Why Dance for Parkinson’s Disease (2009) was produced by the Brooklyn Parkinson Group in association with the Mark Morris Dance Group to demonstrate the essential elements of the Dance for PD classes and investigate why dance classes may be particularly beneficial for people with PD. This excerpt is from a longer film, which won first place in the 2010 Society for the Arts in Healthcare’s annual film festival.
Dave Iverson reports on the Dance for PD class at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn for PBS NewsHour.
Senior Correspondent Jacki Lyden reports on the Mark Morris Dance Group/Brooklyn Parkinson Group Dance for PD class for NPR’s All Things Considered.
Dr. Daniel Glaser speaks about neuroscience and dance from Dance for PD professional development session, London, April 2010. Dr. Glaser is Head of Special Projects in public engagement at the Wellcome Trust. He comes from a neuroscience background, was the first ‘Scientist in Residence’ at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), has presented a television series for the BBC and co-chairs Café Scientifique at the Photographers’ Gallery.
Gel (“Good Experience Live”) is a conference and community, founded in 2003, exploring good experience in all its forms – in art, business, society, technology, and life. In this video clip, Olie Westheimer, the visionary behind Dance for PD, explains the thinking that led her to ask the Mark Morris Dance Group to offer dance classes for people with PD.
In this Living Well Challenge webisode, Dance for PD’s Program Director David Leventhal discusses the benefits of “Managing Parkinson’s with the Mind of a Dancer” and invites viewers to experience the liberation and attitude shift that coincides with shedding the label “Person with Parkinson’s” and adopting the new identity of “dancer.” He further details how thinking and moving like a dancer logically applies to many aspects of living with Parkinson’s.
In “My Father, My Brother and Me”, a 2009 documentary for PBS Frontline, Emmy Award-winner Dave Iverson takes a personal approach to the medical, scientific and political issues surrounding Parkinson’s. This film includes a segment about the Dance for PD program. In June 2012, Dave Iversone wrote an accompanying update entitled “Reasons for Hope.”
Brooklyn Independent Television featured MMDG/BPG’s Dance for PD program in March 2008 as part of its HealthBeat series.
Michael J. Fox called Capturing Grace “a poignant reflection on the strength and resiliency of the human spirit.” Filmed over the course of a year, Dave Iverson’s documentary explores the remarkable work of the Dance for PD® program and reveals the hopes, fears, and triumphs of this newly forged community as they work together to create a unique, life-changing performance. Iverson and Dance for PD® Program Director David Leventhal spoke with Aspen Arts Program director Damian Woetzel for a post-screening conversation at Washington DC’s Landmark E Street Theatre.
A project of the Luminato Festival’s Education and Outreach Program in collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Toronto Dancing with Parkinson’s group. A select team of youth filmmakers worked with multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker Ella Cooper to investigate the transformative power of dance. In the months leading up to the Luminato Festival, dancers and teachers from Mark Morris Dance Group’s ground-breaking Dance for PD® program, collaborated with the Toronto Dancing with Parkinson’s group and local elementary school students from Nelson Mandela Park PS and Winchester PS to create L’Allegro Movement Project..
Produced by the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Easing the Burden is a comprehensive look at life with Parkinson’s, and includes a segment about Dance for PD classes in Maine.
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