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 through a series of exciting anniversary events through October 2022. For past events, please scroll to the bottom of the calendar.

Tap for PD Workshop

Four consecutive Tuesdays March 22-April 12 11 AM – 12:15 PM (ET) | Registration 15 minutes before each class starting March 22

This free online series, led by Dance for PD founding teacher Misty Owens, is designed to improve rhythm and musicality while exploring and developing basic tap technique. Open to all levels of experience and mobility, classes sessions will offer seated versions of every dance will be simultaneously demonstrated during live classes.

Dance for PD® Community Festival

April 29-30, 2022

To celebrate 20 years of innovative community programming, Dance for PD® will host Dance for PD Community Festival: Around the World, Around the Clock, a 24-hour virtual festival featuring classes, panel discussions, and film screenings that highlight the diversity and breadth of our work. Throughout the festival, online cafes will invite our global network to meet and chat in a lively, informal setting. Honoring both Parkinson’s Awareness Month and International Dance Day, this free festival will begin at 9 a.m. ET on April 29.

Dance for PD® in Performance

October 22, 2022 | Tickets on sale September 15

Continuing a tradition of original community performances, Dance for PD participants will share a world premiere by award-winning NYC-based Argentinian choreographer Valeria Solomonoff (recipient of the 2021-22 Lucy Bowen Award), intergenerational work by Pamela Quinn and a multimedia adaptation of Mark Morris repertory performed by Dance for PD’s global community. This performance will take place at the Mark Morris Dance Center and will be live streamed.

Past events

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.


Physically integrated L’Allegro Workshop

March 7, 9, & 11, 2022 | 1-3 PM ET (until 4 PM Friday)

To celebrate the return of Mark Morris’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato to Brooklyn this spring, we’re offering a Physically Integrated Workshop exploring adapted selections of this signature work. Appropriate for adults with and without disabilities, this three-day workshop can be enjoyed online or in person and will culminate with an informal showing. Led by teaching artist Uta Takemura, with musician George Lykogiannis.

Dance for PD® Global Community Class – Indian Kathak Dance

March 31, 2022 at 11 AM ET

This class will focus on Kathak techniques adapted specifically for people living with Parkinson’s. Part of our Global Voices series, this session will be led by Dance for PD-trained teaching artists based in Pune, India.

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.