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Featuring: Dance for PD​® Certified Teacher Susanne Liebich

Susanne Liebich took her first dance class at the age of 2. Through her teens, she studied ballet at the Boston Ballet School. Her dream was to become a ballerina, but her feet walked her down a different path. Even as she worked in finance and went onto to receive her MBA from BU, she continued to study modern jazz at studios in Boston and Cambridge. After her family moved to the Berkshires , she taught jazz dance for a local studio. Through volunteering at Jacob’s Pillow she developed a love for choreography and all forms of movement. She founded a small repertory company called Aboutdance that performed twice at the InsideOut Theater at Jacob’s Pillow.

In 2011, Susanne attended her first Dance for PD® training, and has continued to enrich her practice with Advanced PD trainings and certifications in Nia (somatic movement) and Stott Pilates. Besides traditional dance and somatic movement, she has studied salsa, West African dance and ballroom dance. Using creative techniques from the Dance for PD model, she expanded her teaching practice to include healthy seniors, individuals with Alzheimer’s, vets with PTS, and children with burns. Collaborating with neurologists from her sponsoring organization, Emerson Hospital, she designed a community workshop for individuals with Parkinson’s that included self-care modalities such as Dance for PD and LSVT Big and Loud. She has presented workshops on Dance for PD at hospitals, wellness centers and senior organizations. One of her students was inspired by her teaching and donated his family foundation to Emerson Hospital to support scholarships to make Dance for PD classes available to all students regardless of income level.

Susanne’s mission is to provide the joy of dance to her students. She guides them in creating magic and expression in their bodies. “My community of dancers inspires me every day to create beauty and artistry in life through movement.”
 
 


Featuring: Dance for PD​® Certified Teacher Dianna Daly

Dianna grew up north of Boston, MA, in a household filled with music, art and dance. An art scholarship brought her to Skidmore College, NY, where she studied art and dance, graduating with honors in 1984. She returned to Boston and began a 30 year career in the performing arts while teaching and designing costumes for dance. She performed for The Boston Dance Project, Peter DiMuro and Associates and the Marcus Schulkind Dance Company and was the Outreach Coordinator and lead teacher for Boston Ballet’s South End Dance Project. In 2001, she moved to Ireland for her husband’s job in education and began teaching yoga and choreographing movement for musicals in secondary schools. She returned to her roots on the north shore of Boston in 2007, and began to teach seniors and perform in multi-age dance projects in Boston including Caitlin Corbett and Across the Ages Dance.

Her interest in teaching dance for Parkinson’s started after working extensively with a client who had Parkinson’s and seeing the wonderful benefits movement and dance had in her client’s life. in 2012 she reconnected with former dance partner David Leventhal to study in the Dance for PD program and was honored to be Wertheimer Fellow. She has spent the past ten years collaborating with Keith and Linda Hall of Parkinson’s Fitness to bring opportunities of art, music and movement to people with PD and their families in areas north of Boston. Dianna’s Balance in Motion classes are offered free of charge through grants from the Parkinson’s Foundation and the American Parkinson’s Disease Association and through the continued support of Parkinson’s Fitness. Dianna’s other teaching includes Yoga and Meditation at Salem State University, yoga for seniors and adaptive dance in nursing homes and adult day care centers.


Boston–Waltham (T)

Parkinson’s DANCE!
Most Wednesdays 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Eight-week cycles throughout the year
Preregistration required
$100 per individual per eight-week session; $150 per couple. Financial assistance is available.

Lead instructor: Arthur Sullivan
Sponsoring Organization: Parkinson’s Family Support Program of Jewish Family & Children’s Service

Jewish Family & Children’s Service
1430 Main St.
Waltham, MA

For more information and registration: Contact Anne Muskopf, Director at amuskopf@jfcsboston.org or call (781) 693-5069.

Boston–South End (T)

Dance with Parkinson’s
Tuesdays 10:30AM -12:00PM
Drop-ins welcome
Free of charge

Lead Instructor: Betsi Graves

Urbanity Dance
1180 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118

www.urbanitydance.org

For more information, please contact Jerusha Aman at (617) 572-3727 at or by email at email.

Cambridge (T)

Dance for Parkinson’s
Thursdays 10:30AM – 12:00PM

Lead instructor: Betsi Graves

Youville House Assisted Living
1573 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

For more information and registration: contact Katie Blanchard at (617) 491-1234 or by email at email.

Concord | DfPD Certified FAC

Dancing Wellness – Parkinson’s Movement; Healing Movement to Music
The program is currently offering classes online. Click here for more information.
Thursdays
10:30-11:40 a.m.
7-week session beginning April 18
3-week sessions beginning June 6 or July 11
Preregistration required
$140 for 7-week session | $60 for a 3-week session | $22 drop-in rate
Care partners free, senior discount available, financial aid available for eligible students

Lead instructor: Susanne Liebich (Dance for PD Certified Teacher)
Sponsoring Organization: Emerson Hospital Integrative Health & Wellness

Steinberg Wellness Center at Emerson Hospital
310 Baker Avenue Ext
Concord, MA

For more information and registration: call (978) 287-3777 or register online.

Click here to see a Boston Globe article about the class.
Click here to learn more about instructor Susanne Liebich.

Danvers | DfPD Certified FAC

Balance and Motion
The program is currently offering classes online. Click here for more information.
Mondays 1:00 – 2:00 PM
No registration required
No charge

Lead instructor: Dianna Daly (Certified Dance for PD® Teaching Artist)
Sponsored by Parkinson’s Fitness, Ability-Based Exercise, Arts and Movement Programs

Danvers YMCA
34 Pickering Street
Danvers, MA 01923

For more information and registration: please call (978) 774-2055.

Eastham (T)

Dance/Movement/Exercise for PD
1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30 AM
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 11:00 AM after support group meeting at the Orleans Council on Aging
Weekly
Drop-ins welcome
No charge

Lead instructor: Dorothy DeLutis Beaton
Dance styles/techniques/content covered in class: Based on Brooklyn class, includes chair exercises and stretching, all done to music

Eastham Senior Center
1405 Nauset Road
Eastham, MA

For more information: please call (508) 240-1642.

Fall River (T)

Dancing with Parkinson’s
First Wednesday of the month, 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Registration is required to attend
No charge

Lead instructor: Jessica Howard
Sponsoring/host organization: The POTEGP Spiritual Guidance Center 501(c)(3)

Durfee Union Mills Building 8, First Floor
187 Plymouth Avenue
Fall River, MA

For more information and to register, please email theheronstudio@gmail.com or call/text Jessica (774)264-0786.

Gloucester | DfPD Certified FAC

Balance and Motion
The program is currently offering classes online. Click here for more information.
Thursdays 2:00 – 3:00PM
No charge

Lead instructor: Dianna Daly (Certified Dance for PD® Teaching Artist)
Sponsored by Parkinson’s Fitness, Ability-Based Exercise, Arts and Movement Programs

Rose Baker Senior Center
6 Manuel F. Lewis Street
Gloucester, MA

For more information, please call (978)281-9765.

Medford (T)

Adaptive Dance for Parkinson’s Class
One Select Thursday per Month at 5:00 PM
November 9
December 7
Registration required- $5 per session

Lead instructors: Roseann Eliseo with Sara Crandall, PT

Spaulding Medford
101 Main Street, Ste 101
Medford, MA

To register, please click here or call (877) 976- 7272. For more information, please download a flyer.

Northampton (T)

Dance for Parkinson’s
The program is currently offering classes online. Click here for more information.
Tuesdays, 2:15-3:45

Winter I Series: January 7 – February 25
8-week series: $150

Winter/Spring II Series:
March 3 – April 28 (NO class on March 17)
8-week Series: $150

Scholarships may be available. Please contact Fritha for more information.

Winner of a Paul Winske access award from the STAVROS Center for Independent Living in Amherst, MA for exceptional service to persons with disabilities

Lead instructor: Fritha Pengelly, MFA, GCFP

Studio Helix
Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor – accessible via elevators
Northampton, MA

Parking: Accessible parking is available on Level 3 of the Gare Municipal Parking Garage and in the Armory Street Parking Lot behind Thornes Market

Click here for the class flyer. For more information or to register: contact Fritha at (413) 586-2524 or frithap@earthlink.net

Pittsfield–Berkshires (T)

Let Your Yoga Dance for Parkinson’s with Megha Nancy Buttenheim
Wednesdays 10:15 – 11:15AM
Pre-registration required

Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness
55 North St., #201
Pittsfield, MA

For more information or to register, please email megha@letyouryogadance.com or call (413) 329-7887.

Topsfield | DfPD Certified FAC

Balance in Motion
The program is currently offering classes online. Click here for more information.
Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:00PM
No charge

Lead instructor: Dianna Daly (Certified Dance for PD® Teaching Artist)

Topsfield Town Hall
8 W Common St.,
Topsfield, MA

For more information please call (978) 887-5570.