Dance for PD® @ Kaatsbaan



We’re so glad you’re joining us for a special Dance for PD® class made available to Friends of Kaatsbaan as part of Mark Morris Dance Group’s online Kaatsbaan residency. In Dance for PD classes, participants explore movement and music in ways that are enjoyable, stimulating and creative. This award-winning global program is appropriate for anyone with Parkinson’s or other movement challenges, at all levels of ability and mobility. No dance experience is required.

The 75-minute class available here explores adapted, accessible movements and themes drawn from Mark Morris’ extensive repertory. The class is crafted to be equally enjoyable for people seated or standing and is carefully designed for a home environment. Please be sure to check your surroundings so that you have unobstructed space in which to move and make sure you are using adequate support–the back of a chair, a partner at home, or a wall–as needed if you choose to stand.

Enjoy the class!

For more information about Dance for PD, please click here.

To learn about free Zoom classes and other resources provided during this period of Shelter in Place, please click here.

To purchase one of our acclaimed At Home DVDs or On Demand videos, please click here. Enter KAATSBAAN in the coupon code box to receive an additional $10 off our 3-DVD bundle.

About the teaching artist
David Leventhal is Dance for PD®’s Program Director and founding teacher. He leads classes for people with Parkinson’s disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach. He’s co-produced five volumes of a successful At Home DVD series for the program and has been instrumental in initiating and designing innovative projects involving live streaming and Moving Through Glass, a dance-based Google Glass App for people with Parkinson’s. He received the 2018 Martha Hill Mid-Career Artist Award, a 2016 World Parkinson Congress Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson’s Community and was a co-recipient, with Olie Westheimer, of the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award from the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. He is in demand as a speaker at international conferences and symposiums, and has spoken about the intersection of dance, Parkinson’s and health at the Lincoln Center Global Exchange, Edinburgh International Culture Summit, University of Michigan, Rutgers, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Brown, Stanford, Columbia, Georgetown, Tufts, Harvard Medical School, Peking Union Medical Center, and Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège, among others. He serves on the boards of the Davis Phinney Foundation and the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Arts and Humanities Program, as well as the Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation. He’s featured in the award-winning 2014 documentary Capturing Grace directed by Dave Iverson. As a dancer, he performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011, appearing in principal roles in Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet, on Motifs of Shakespeare. He received a 2010 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for his performing career with Mark Morris. He graduated from Brown University with honors in English Literature.