Widening the circle

Rhode Island-based teacher Rachel Balaban leads a Dance for Parkinson’s class at Brown

In late February, Dance for PD participated in a two-day symposium at Brown University called Widening the Circle. Presented in connection with the Mark Morris Dance Group’s appearance in Providence, RI, the event explored holistic, creative approaches that benefit people with Parkinson’s disease and those on the Autism Spectrum. Panelists included Dr. Deepu Gowda, from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons; choreographer and teacher Pamela Quinn; Carolyn Adams, co-founder of the American Dance Legacy Initiative and former dancer with Paul Taylor Dance Company; and Dave Iverson, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and filmmaker. We also conducted presentations at the Institute for Human Centered Design in Boston, Syracuse University, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and the Columbia University Program in Narrative Medicine (with Pamela Quinn as part of the program’s advanced workshop). If you’re interested in organizing a customized Dance for PD presentation for your organization or community, please visit our contact page and let us know.