Misty Owens

Founding teacher

Misty Owens returned to Dallas, Texas, after 12 years of teaching, choreographing and performing in NYC. She danced with the Peggy Spina Tap Company in NYC for 20 years performing in such venues as Jacob’s Pillow. While in NYC, she taught at Marymount Manhattan College, Long Island University-Brooklyn, and The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center where she was a faculty member teaching multiple dance styles, she was the Artistic Director of Student Companies I & II, and a Founding Teacher of the Dance for PD® classes. Misty began teaching the Dance for PD® classes in 2003 in Brooklyn, and she wrote extensively about Dance for PD® for her MFA thesis. She has presented the program at conferences and symposiums in the U.S., Canada and England. Misty often joins her colleagues to train other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach across the US.

In 2016, Misty was commissioned by the Dallas Museum of Art to create four months of collaborative art and dance classes at the DMA with members of the local Dance for PD® classes. As a result of this pilot program, an ongoing program will welcome a monthly series of informative Art Classes and Dance for PD® Movement Sessions in the Dallas Museum of Art. Misty’s teaching outreach includes a broad age range from young children to centenarians in both public and private settings. Currently she is a faculty member at University of Texas-Dallas, she teaches Dance for PD® classes through the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society, Dance for Movement Disorders at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-Dallas, and she is the Co-Director of the London School of Dance with Gwen Owens. Misty also teaches Memory Care Adaptive Dance at Senior Living Communities.