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About Dance for PD®

Dance for PD® offers internationally-acclaimed, research-backed dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease online, in New York City, and through a 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. Dance for PD® provides comprehensive teacher training and certification, creates innovative instructional media, and nurtures relationships among other organizations so that classes based on our model are widely available. Evidence from more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific studies serves to underpin the effectiveness and benefits of the Dance for PD teaching approach. The program has been featured in such media channels as The New York Times, USA Today, NBC, CNN, NPR, and The Guardian and has received multiple awards for its groundbreaking work. 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 are taking a short recess from live classes December 22-January 2. For free On Demand resources during this time, please click here. We look forward to dancing together with you in the New Year!

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

Sunday, January 23 | 2-3 PM (Dance for PD Mandarin)

Monday, January 24 | 10:15-10:30 AM (Meditation); 11 AM-12:15 PM (Dance)

Tuesday, January 25 | 2:15-3:15 PM (PD Movement Lab)

Wednesday, January 26 | 1-2 PM (Dance for PD en español)

Thursday, January 27 | 3:15-4:15 PM (Dance for PD); 5:15-6:15 PM (Dance for PD PRO)

Saturday, January 29 | 1:30-2:30 PM (Dance); 3-4 PM (Sing)

Sunday, January 30 | 2-3 PM (Dance for PD Mandarin)

As Covid-19 continues to impact communities around the world, 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.

Based in New York? Register for an in-studio class at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Advanced registration and proof of vaccination required.

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.

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What’s New?

►Volume 5 of our best-selling Dance for PD® At Home series is now available as a downloadable digital product.
Purchase Volume 5

►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.
Download/Streaming | Purchase a DVD

►We’ve launched a new online group class in Mandarin. Please click to learn more
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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.
Learn more

►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

►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 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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