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Featuring: Dance for PD​® Certified Teacher Judith Sachs

Judith Sachs trained in the 1960s with Alvin Ailey (jazz), Arthur Mitchell (jazz), Deborah Jowitt (modern) and Carola Goya and Matteo (Bharata Natyam and Flamenco) and started her professional life at the Hartford Stage Company in 1969 and Café LaMama (1970). But she subsequently took a different course and moved onto healthcare writing and marketing until 2011, when, with 2 hip replacements, she decided to return to her dance career.

She has been part of the Parkinson’s community in Philadelphia since that time, when she developed a patient information website for GE Healthcare on a test to determine the differences between Parkinson’s and essential tremor and simultaneously became a Dance for Parkinson’s teacher.
Her goal now, at 71, is to get everyone dancing, whether in a chair or across the floor.

In addition to teaching Dance for PD in Abington, she works through her own ANYONE CAN DANCE® program in residential facilities, senior centers and private homes with those who have never considered dance or remember it fondly from childhood. In addition, she is part of the CenterStage arts in medicine program at Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, dancing with patients and caregivers in the infusion suites. Judith is a member of the Lifetime Arts teaching roster and was named Teaching Artist of the Month in November 2017. She won a 2015 Leeway Foundation Grant for her intergenerational dance project and a Leeway WOO grant for her work in cancer dance.


Allentown (T)

Moving with Parkinson’s
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. September 4-December 11, 2019
Partners and or caregivers are encouraged to participate
Free of charge

Lead instructor: Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty, PhD

Cedar Crest College
Steinbright Hall – Studio 2
100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104

For more information, please call (201) 401-5494.

Central PA (T)

Lancaster County – Mountville PA
Dance for Parkinson’s
Saturdays 11:00am-12:00pm
September 26, 2015 – December 5, 2015
Registration requested but not required; drop-ins welcome

Presenting organization: COBALT Dance Company
Lead teachers: Shari Vegso-Wilson, Marie Cleaves Rothacker, Heather Bare

Susquehanna Dance Center
120 College Ave.
Mountville, PA 17552

Please note there are approximately eight steps to navigate to get into the SDC studios, and there is no elevator access. The steps do have sturdy handrails. If you are a wheelchair user who would like to participate, please call (717) 676-9039.

For more information or to register: call (717) 676-9039 or click here

Dauphin County – Hershey PA
Dance for Parkinson’s
Fridays 1:30pm-2:30 pm
September 20 – November 8
$75 for 8 weeks of classes or $80 if paying on the class start day
Registration & medical clearance required

Presenting organization: COBALT Dance Company, Penn State Hershey Medical Center Parkinson’s Research toward a Better Tomorrow
Lead teachers: Shari Vegso-Wilson, Marie Cleaves Rothacker

Penn State Hershey
University Fitness Center Dance Studio
500 University Drive
Hershey PA

To register: call (717) 531-7075 or click here
For more information: Call Shari at (717) 676-9039

Cresco/Poconos (T)

Dance & Movement: A program for people with Parkinson’s Disease, their friends, family & caregivers
Thursdays 3:00PM – 4:00PM
No Charge

Sponsors: The Friendly Community Center. Based on a pilot workshop presented at the 2011 Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival.
Lead teacher: Natalie Schultz-Kahwaty

Friendly Community Center
6683 Route 191
Mountainhome, PA 18342
For more information or to register, call (570) 481-4330.

Montgomery County–Lansdale (T)

Dance for Parkinson’s @ Meadowood
1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
Preregistration required

Lead teacher: Eileen Joseph
Sponsoring organization: Meadowood Senior Living

Meadowood Senior Living
3205 Skippack Pike
Lansdale, PA 19490

For more information, please call (484)991-1024.

Philadelphia–Abington | DfPD Certified FAC

Dance for PD​® in Abington
Mondays, from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
$75 for a class card (valid for 6 months), free for care partners

Lead teacher: Judith Sachs
Sponsoring organization: The Parkinson Council

1073 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001

Click here for more information and to register. For questions, please call Wendy R. Lewis at (610) 668-4292 ext. 100 ext. 100.

Philadelphia–Bryn Mawr (T)

Dance for PD​® in Bryn Mawr
Weekly on Tuesdays
1:00-2:15 p.m.
$60 for two months of classes; $5 pay-as-you go drop-in rate; free for care partners

Lead instructor: Sharon Friedler
Sponsoring organization: The Parkinson Council

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
625 Montgomery Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

For registration and information, call Wendy R. Lewis at (610) 668-4292 ext. 100 or email Wendy.
Click here to register online.

Philadelphia–Center City (T)

Dance for PD at BalletX
Weekly on Thursdays
2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
$65 for Fall/early winter semester
Anyone for whom this fee is challenging should contact Wendy Lewis, Director of the Parkinson’s Council, at (610) 668-4292, and accommodations will be made. Care partners are invited and encouraged to attend free of charge.

Lead instructors: Sharon Friedler and Jon Sherman
Sponsoring organization: The Parkinson Council

1923 Washington Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Studio is fully accessible.

For registration and information, call Wendy R. Lewis at (610) 668-4292 ext. 100 or email Wendy at Click here to register online.

Philadelphia–Chester County (T)

Dance for PD​®
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
Eight-week Session $40; support person is FREE! (drop-in rates available)
First class is free; arrive 15 minutes before class to sign in and be seated
Preregistration encouraged

Sponsoring organizations: The Parkinson Council, Penn Medicine in association with The Rock School West, and made possible by a generous donation from Karen Jacobson Milberg
Lead teachers: Nicole Harmon, Kristin Brown, Susan Sacchetti, Donna Dufoe

The Rock School West
1510 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
(near the intersection of Boot Road and Paoli Pike)

For more information and register: contact Karen Lynch at (610) 524-1556 or The Rock School at (610)-431-4321 or by email
Or click here to register online

Download the class flyer

Senior rides available if you live in Chester County through Rover (610) 594-3911 and Rainbow Cab (610) 696-6060.

Philadelphia–Northern Liberties (T)

Dance for PD​®
Saturdays 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Preregistration required

Sponsoring organizations: The Parkinson Council, Penn Medicine in association with 954 Dance Movement Collective, and made possible by a generous donation from Karen Jacobson Milberg
Lead teacher: Keila Cordova

954 Dance Movement Collective
954 N 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA

To register: contact Keila Cordova by phone (215) 627-1157 or by email.
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Pittsburgh (T)

Dance for Parkinson’s
2:30 pm-3:30 pm
First class is free. Dance cards available to purchase for 5, 7, or 10 classes ($30, $40, and $50 respectively), and family members and caregivers are invited to participate at no additional charge.

Lead teacher: Jamie Murphy
Sponsoring organizations: National Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Yes You Can Dance!

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Studios
2900 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Accommodations: Free parking is available in the private lot adjacent to the studio. All classrooms and restroom facilities are handicap accessible; however, at this time, there is not an automatic push-button door entering the building.

To register, purchase a dance card, or get more information, please call the National Parkinson Foundation Western PA at 412-837-2542. You can also download the class brochure by clicking here.

Reading (T)

Dance for Wellness
Mondays (no class 5/20 or 5/27)
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$5 fee

Lead teacher: Jessica Warchal-King

Tower Health/Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing
1000 E Wyomissing Blvd
Reading, PA 19611

To register, please click here. For questions and information, please email

Click here to read an article about the class.

West Chester (T)

The Rock School
Dance for Parkinson’s
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 12, 20, 27
Arrive 15 Minutes prior to class to sign in and take your seat.

Eight Week Session $40 – Care partner is FREE
Drop-in rates are available
First Class FREE!

Host Organization: The Parkinson’s Council

The Rock School
Goshen Village Shopping Center
1510 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380

Contact the Parkinson’s Council (610) 668 – 4292 for more information and how to register.