Dance for PD comes to the Upper East Side

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Dance for PD®’s New York flagship program expands again this fall when classes launch at Ballet Academy East on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The program at Ballet Academy East represents Dance for PD’s first East Side location and provides access for an area of Manhattan previously underserved by this kind of resource.

“Ballet Academy East is honored to collaborate with Dance for PD in bringing the joy and physical benefits of dance to people with Parkinson’s disease. Our goal is for every participant to leave class feeling uplifted and inspired by their abilities,” said Julia Dubno, founder and director of Ballet Academy East.

The East Side class is the sixth Dance for PD location in the city. On-going classes are already offered at the Mark Morris Dance Center, The Juilliard School, Bronx House, BambooMoves (Forest Hills, Queens), and the College of Mount Saint Vincent (Riverdale). There is no charge for any Dance for PD classes in New York. Advance registration is required and can be completed here or by calling 718-218-3373.

Ballet Academy East, established in 1979 by director, Julia Dubno is made up of four divisions. The Pre-Professional Division for ages 7-19, led by artistic director, Darla Hoover, trains dancers for professional careers in ballet. An audition is required for admission to the Pre-Professional Division. The Enrichment Program is open to students ages 7 and older who wish to study ballet recreationally. The well-known Young Dancers Division offers creative movement, pre-ballet, tap, and modern to ages 18 months to 6 years. BAE’s Open Class Program offers adults of all levels classes in ballet, tap, Pilates, Zumba, and yoga. The Dance for PD class will be part of the Open Class Program. For more information, visit