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About Dance for PD®

Dance for PD® offers internationally-acclaimed dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in Brooklyn, New York and, through our network of partners and associates, in more than 300 other communities in 25 countries.  In Dance for PD® classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. Launched as a non-profit collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, the Dance for PD® program also provides teacher training, creates innovative instructional media, and nurtures relationships among other organizations so that classes based on our model are widely available. Evidence from 38 peer-reviewed scientific studies serves to underpin the effectiveness and benefits of the Dance for PD teaching practice. Learn more.
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Dance for PD® is a hands-down success. It’s one of the most important programs for Parkinson’s disease in the country.
–Mary Ellen Thibodeau, RN
RI Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association



We support and stand in solidarity with black, brown and indigenous communities around the world. We commit to advocating for and demanding antiracist equity and inclusion in every aspect of our programming. Learn more.


Due to COVID-19, ALL Dance for PD classes are being offered online until further notice. We will continue to evaluate current recommendations for group activities and will provide updates accordingly.

Join us for free live-streamed classes and conversations each week! Click here to tune in live on the dates and times specified below. All times are EST:

Monday, November 30 | 10:15-10:30 (Meditation); 11 AM-12 PM (Dance)

Tuesday, December 1 | 5:30-6:30 PM (Dance for PD PRO)

Wednesday, December 2 | 3-4 PM (Dance)

Thursday, December 3 | 4:15-5:30 PM (Tap for PD)

Friday, December 4 | 10:15-10:30 AM (Meditation); 11 AM-12 PM (Dance); 1-2 PM (Sing for PD); 3-4 PM (Movement Improvisation)

Saturday, December 5 | 1-2 PM (Dance)


We’re also providing free access to select classes and activities from our digital library, as well as links to classes and resources offered by our global network of affiliates and partners. Click here to start dancing at home at your convenience.

Learn more about our response to COVID-19 here.

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What’s New?

►Volume 4 of our best-selling Dance for PD® At Home series features an exhilarating new movement experience–our first all-standing class that can be equally enjoyed in a chair.
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►Dance for PD’s online programming featured on NY1.
Watch the segment

►A newly-released report from the World Health Organization features Dance for PD as a case study for effective practice and scalability.
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►The Bourrée Project invited Dance for PD participants around the world to learn and share excerpts of Mark Morris’ piece Falling Down Stairs.
See the video

►Read about us in the Journal of the American Medical Association
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►We’re streaming. View our current class for free or join as a member to see our comprehensive archive of four years of complete classes.
Streamed class archive

►Scientific research suggests Dance for PD classes improve mobility and quality of life in people with Parkinson’s.
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►Dance for PD featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition.
Listen to the segment

►Dance for PD joins international partners for Global Wellness Day.
Take a virtual class

►CNN Money features Dance for PD’s new Moving Through Glass App.
Watch the segment

►Dance for PD®’s L’Allegro Movement Project featured on Brooklyn Independent Media.
Watch the segment

►Program Director David Leventhal talks about the importance of thinking like a dancer as part of the Davis Phinney Foundation’s webinar series.
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►Chelsea Clinton reports on Dance for PD® for NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams.
Watch online

►Dance for PD featured on CNN’s The Next List blog.
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Why Dance for Parkinson’s Disease?

Watch an excerpt from the Brooklyn Parkinson Group/Mark Morris Dance Group film Why Dance for Parkinson’s Disease?, made possible by a grant from the National Parkinson Foundation. For more resources, please click here.

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