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Dance For Parkinson's

Creating joy and body connection through movement

“It's easy to become isolated and I love getting out there and being a part of something I can treasure.” – Participant

Seattle Theatre Group offers dance classes for individuals with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers in Seattle, Kirkland, Des Moines, Issaquah and Lynnwood, Washington. Each eight-week series of classes uses dance, live music and community to develop artistry and grace while addressing such PD-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation and gait. Working with professional dancers and teaching artists trained in the Dance for PD® method, participants are inspired to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable and stimulating. Whether seated or standing, people with Parkinson's disease, caregivers and friends will enjoy this creative and welcoming environment. With LIVE MUSIC. No dance experience necessary.

Seattle Theatre Group’s Dance for Parkinson’s program is offered in collaboration with Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, EvergreenHealth, Des Moines Legacy Foundation, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Swedish Hospital Issaquah, Center for Healthy Living, Verdant Health Commission and Spectrum Dance Theater. The classes are based on Dance for PD®, a program developed by Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group.

Dance for Parkinson's – Dr. Juan Aragon, Director of Medical Specialties and Medical Staff, EvergreenHealth:
"The ability to help Parkinson's patients reclaim independent movement through creative dance is effective therapy not just physically, but emotionally. Dancers leave the class glowing and truly inspired, which is beautiful to see in our patients."

Dance for Parkinson's – David Leventhal, Co-Founder & Program Manager of Dance for PD, Mark Morris Dance Group (New York): "We're so pleased to see the Mark Morris Dance Group's initial partnership with Seattle Theatre Group, EvergreenHealth and Spectrum Dance Theater blossom into such a strong, high-quality program with multiple sites reaching multiple districts in the Seattle area," said Leventhal. "The success of the Seattle program shows just how effective arts and health programs can be when organizations that share an innovative vision work together collaboratively."

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Read the Seattle Times article about the program.

2014 - 2015 Classes (All FREE)

Kirkland Classes (Saturdays, 11-12:30 pm)
Location: Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033

Fall: September 13 - November 1, 2014
Winter: January 10 - February 28, 2015
Spring: March 28 - May 16, 2015
Summer: June 13 - August 8, 2015

Seattle Classes (Thursdays, 11-12:30 pm)
Location: Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122

Fall: September 11 - October 30, 2014
Winter: January 8 - February 26, 2015
Spring: March 26 - May 14, 2015

Summer: June 11 - July 30, 2015

Des Moines Classes (Mondays, 2-3:30 pm)
Location: Des Moines Senior Center: 2045 S. 216th St, Des Moines, WA 98198

Fall: September 15 - November 3, 2014
(no class on Columbus Day, 10/13)
Winter/Spring: February 23 - April 6, 2015
Summer: June 8 - July 27, 2015

Issaquah Classes - (Wednesdays, 10-11:30am)
Location: Issaquah Conference Center - Flex Room: 751 NE Blakely Drive, Issaquah, WA 98029

Fall: September 10 - October 29, 2014
Winter: January 7 - February 25, 2015
Spring: March 25 - May 13, 2015
Summer: June 17 - August 5, 2015

NEW CLASS IN LYNNWOOD! (Mondays, 2-3:30pm)
Location: Center for Healthy Living, 4100 N Alderwood Mall Blvd, Suite 1, Lynnwood, WA 98036

Summer: June 8 - July 27, 2015

More Information:

Shawn Roberts (Seattle Area Program Manager): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Seattle Theatre Group: 206.315.8030

Northwest Parkinson's Foundation:

To Register:

  • Kirkland Classes: Visit or call the Evergreen Health Line at 425.899.3000 (Monday - Friday from 7 am to 7 pm).
  • Seattle, Des Moines and Issaquah and Lynnwood Classes: Visit or call the NW Parkinson’s Foundation at 206.748.9481 or Toll-Free at 877-980-7500.

Dance For Parkinson's classes are supported by:

     Northwest Parkinson's Foundation    Des Moines Legacy Foundation    Center for Healthy Living   


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