20th Anniversary

Dance for PD® started as an idea, launched as an experiment, and 20 years later has emerged as an innovative, award-winning global program that positively impacts thousands of people with Parkinson’s, their families, and care partners in more than 300 communities in 25 countries.

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of dance, music and community. We’re kicking off our celebration with an anniversary class October 12, followed by other exciting anniversary events through September 2022.

Dance for PD® 20th Anniversary Day

October 12

On the day our Dance for PD program started 20 years ago, we hosted an online celebration class taught by founding teachers David Leventhal and Misty Owens, with a special appearance by John Heginbotham. The class featured an introduction by co-founder Olie Westheimer and was followed by a live Q&A. Click below to view the class and discussion On Demand.

Dance for Parkinson’s Australia Mini-Festival

October 27-28 Queensland Time

This online festival is open to members of the Parkinson’s community, partners, carers, friends, teaching artists, health professionals, those who have an interest in creative ageing and the general community. Over two days we will engage in a range of accessible activities and learn more about quality of life interventions including dance, music, painting, craft and engaging in discussions around creative wellbeing. With guest presenters from the US, UK, Brazil, Sri Lanka and Australia.

Dance for PD® Global Community Class – Chinese Cultural Dance

December 19, 2021

Dance for PD® in Mandarin is led by specially trained instructors Coco Cao, Nico Li, and Jun Zhou who introduce elements of classical Chinese dance as well as dances from ethnic groups in China. This special class, part of our Global Voices series, features elements of Tibetan and Mongolian folkloric dances.

Dance for PD® Global Community Class – Venezuelan Cultural Dance

January 2022 TBA

Dance for PD® Global Community Class – Indian Kathak Dance

February 2022 TBA

Dance for PD® 24-hour Global Celebration

March 7. 9 and 11, 2022 Registration opens February 15.

Dance for PD® 24-hour Global Celebration

April 29-30, 2022. Registration opens March 15.

Dance for PD® Performance Project

October 22, 2022. Tickets on sale September 15.

Support our work with a special 20th Anniversary gift!

Use the code HAPPY20 to receive 20 percent off our ‘Product of the Month’. This month’s selection is our At Home Video on Demand Volume 1.

2021 also marks the 20th anniversary of the Mark Morris Dance Center. Click below to learn more about events that celebrate MMDG’s 20 years in Brooklyn.