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Featuring: Dance for PD​® Certified Teacher Pamela Lappen

In 2010, while teaching at Santa Barbara City College, Pamela Lappen received a recommendation from Lineage Dance to attend the Dance for PD® teacher training in Pasadena, CA. Upon completing her first Dance for PD® training with David Leventhal, Misty Owens, Olie Westheimer, members of the Pasadena medical community and the spirited Pasadena PD dancers, Pamela was deeply moved by the experience and knew that dance for Parkinson’s disease was to be her new path in dance. Since then Lappen’s work with the Southern Nevada Parkinson’s community has received support from the Parkinson’s Foundation, Nevada Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts and Friends of Parkinson’s.

In Parkinson’s education, wellness and medical symposiums, Pamela’s work in dance for Parkinson’s has been presented at: the Cleveland Clinic – Las Vegas, PMD Alliance, Parkinson’s Place – Las Vegas, h2u – Mountain View Hospital and with Friends of Parkinson’s. And, Pamela and her PD dancers always enjoy the support of the UNLV Physical Therapy students when they can join us in class. Pamela has a lengthy dance history as a performing artist, educator, choreographer, and advocate. She has taught dance at colleges, universities, high schools, and professional dance schools, and her students have ranged from novice to professional dancer. However, Pamela’s advocacy for dance began at a young age. Growing up in a small community in northeastern Wisconsin, she quickly learned if you want change in your community sometimes you must be the change. After working alongside fellow Dance for PD® teaching members in Southern CA and Nevada, in the spring of 2016 Pamela began her own program, Dancing with Parkinson’s – us, at Desert Springs United Methodist Church, in Las Vegas, NV.Through community support Pamela’s classes are now offered at Las Vegas dance studios. Since she began Dancing with Parkinson’s – us her PD dancers have participated and performed in educational dance videos, lecture demonstrations, and the PD Crane Dance Project.

Lappen received her Dance for PD® Teacher’s Certification in July 2019. Offering weekly Dance for PD® classes, she looks forward to creating new projects for her PD dancers, along with building bridges in the community to support those with Parkinson’s disease, their caregivers, family and friends. Pamela Lappen holds a M.A. from UCLA in Dance and Education. She was a UCLA Fellowship and Scholarship recipient and held a teaching position as a graduate student. Her thesis “Communication and Understanding Within the American Arts Enterprise, from the Perspective of Creators and Presenters: a Case Study in Los Angeles” examined the problem of communication and understanding about fundraising for dance education from the perspective of six Los Angeles creators and presenters. She also holds a B.F.A. from UW-Milwaukee in Dance and Theatre Performance where she graduated with Honors. With a lifelong interest in creating healthy pathways for movement, Pamela
continues to take her weekly ballet classes, practices her somatic exercises and is a Certified AntiGravity® Fitness instructor where she teaches weekly classes at Shine Alternative Fitness. Knowing there is much work to be done in the dance arts, as it pertains to the individual and collective wellbeing….in the meantime we shall dance.

 
 


Las Vegas (T)

Dancing with Parkinson’s – us | DfPD Certified FAC
Mondays, 1:00 – 2:00pm
$5 per class
Registration required

Co-sponsoring organization: Parkinson’s Foundation
Lead Teacher: Pamela Lappen
Dance styles covered in class: Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater, Folk and Improvisation

Las Vegas Dance Academy
4085 N. Rancho Drive, Suite 140
Las Vegas, NV 89130

For more information, please call: (805) 640-5221
Email: pamelalappen@gmail.com

Visit our website: https://dancingwithparkinsons-us.com
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Dancing with Parkinson’s – us | DfPD Certified FAC
Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:00pm
$5 per class
Registration required

Co-sponsoring organization: Parkinson’s Foundation
Lead Teacher: Pamela Lappen
Dance styles covered in class: Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater, Folk and Improvisation

Nevada Ballet Theatre
1651 Inner Circle,
Las Vegas, NV 89135

For more information, please call: (805) 640-5221
Email: pamelalappen@gmail.com

Visit our website: https://dancingwithparkinsons-us.com
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Las Vegas (T)

Dancing and Laughing with PD
Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
No charge, but donations are welcomed

Lead teachers: Patricia Monreal
Dance styles/techniques covered in class: Laughing yoga, breathing exercises, ballet, modern, jazz, and folk dance

Fyzical
3820 So. Jones Blvd.
Las Vegas NV 89103

For more information: contact Patricia Monreal at (702) 336-0384 or DLwithPD@gmail.com
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