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About our training programs

Dance for PD®’s innovative, trail-blazing training and enrichment programs offer something for everyone interested in the intersection of dance and Parkinson’s disease. With our comprehensive portfolio of online resources, internationally-acclaimed in-person training workshops, and a rigorous certification process, Dance for PD®’s complete training program has helped hundreds experienced dance teachers around the world successfully launch and sustain high-quality programs that introduce people with Parkinson’s to the joys and benefits of a customized dance experience. Not a dance teacher? Our far-reaching, innovative educational programs are designed for a wide range of interests and backgrounds, and we offer online courses, complete workshops, one-day seminars, continuing educational opportunities to address a variety of personal and professional objectives. Since 2007, more than 1,000 dance teachers, physical therapists, nurses, movement therapists, care partners and people with Parkinson’s from 32 states and 17 countries have participated in our core training program.

For Individuals

The Dance for PD® training program is divided into two courses (tracks) to allow for facilitators and trainees to focus on specific skills that are relevant to their backgrounds and interests. Each training course has its own objectives and accreditation sequence. Find out more by clicking here. To see our schedule of upcoming workshops, please click here.

For Organizations

Is your organization interested in launching a Dance for PD® program? Do you have a team of teachers that you’d like to participate in training and starting Dance for PD® classes? We offer on-site trainings for universities, arts organizations, YMCAs, and Parkinson’s organizations interested in starting Dance for PD® programs. We’ve conducted on-site trainings for such organizations as Connecticut Parkinson’s Working Group, FiftyForward, Gonzaga University, University of Florida, Queensland Ballet, Cleveland State University, Trey McIntyre Project, Seattle Theatre Group, Dance Umbrella (UK) and Ormond Beach YMCA, among others. Please contact us to discuss a training for teachers and staff in your organization.

Global training

Dance for PD® maintains global partnerships to sustain affiliated training hubs around the world. Our training partners include:

Using the Dance for PD® Name

Dance for PD® is a Registered Trademark. The Dance for PD® name is reserved for those classes taught by certified teachers, or for those programs that are officially licensed by us. Dance for PD® provides logistical and planning support to all trainees.

Costs and fellowships

Our online course is $100; training workshops are $180-$399 per person, depending on location, duration and course. The complete certification process is $1,500. Dance for PD Members enjoy discounts on both online and in-person training fees. Tuition assistance is available to qualified candidates on a need- and merit-based basis. For more information about the Stanley J. Wertheimer Fellowship program, which offers tuition-free training, please click here. For information about other financial aid, please call us at 1-800-957-1046.

Seminars and one-day workshops

Our One-Day Enrichment Seminars are designed to provide physical and occupational therapists and students, social workers, and allied health professionals with an inside look into the Dance for PD® program, and to learn about our best practices and methods. Dancers interested in learning more about the program before embarking on a training course are also welcome to attend.

During Dance for PD® seminars, our specially-created modules and interactive sessions will provide a wealth of information to attendees with an emphasis on informational immersion rather than training. Perfect for academic settings, medical schools and medical centers, seminars often include an actual Dance for Parkinson’s class with members of the local Parkinson’s community.

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