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 “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.
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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