North Carolina Dance Theatre is offering community dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease. Classes take place at the Cornwell Center at Myers Park Baptist Church. Dance Theatre is partnering with the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas and Carolinas Medical Center to offer these community classes.
Click here to learn more about Dance for PD® through a video from PBS NewsHour.
About Dance for PD®
Dance for PD® started in 2001 in Brooklyn as a collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group. The Dance for PD® teaching method is built on a fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD. Dancers know all about stretching and strengthening muscles, and about balance and rhythm. Most importantly, dancers know about the power of dance to concentrate mind, body, and emotion on movement; they use their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears, and touch to control their bodies.
The dance class is an aesthetic experience that focuses on developing artistry and grace while addressing such PD-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, social isolation and depression.
Dance for PD teaching artists in Charlotte may integrate movement from ballet, modern dance, folk dance, tap, improvisation, and choreographic repertory to engage the participants' minds and bodies and create an enjoyable social environment that emphasizes dancing for dancing's sake. Participants will be empowered to explore movement and music in an enjoyable, stimulating and creative setting!