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Dance for PD®

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, and Issaquah, 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, 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.

2016 - 2017 Classes (All FREE)

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

Fall Session: September 8 - October 27, 2016
Winter Session: January 5 - February 23, 2017
Spring Session: March 16 - May 4, 2017

Summer Session: June 8 - July 27, 2017

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

Fall Session: September 12 - November 7, 2016
Winter Session: January 9 - March 13, 2017 (no class on 1/16 & 2/20)
Spring Session: March 27 - May 15, 2017
Summer Session: June 5 - July 24, 2017

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

Fall Session: September 7 - October 26, 2016
Winter Session: January 4 - February 22, 2017
Spring Session: March 15 - May 3, 2017
Summer Session: June 7 - July 26, 2017

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

Fall Session: September 10 - November 5, 2016 (no class on 10/15)
Winter Session: January 7 - February 25, 2017
Spring Session: March 18 - May 6, 2017
Summer Session: June 10 - July 29, 2017

More Information:

Shawn Roberts (Seattle Area Program Manager): 206.467.5510, ext. 1167

To Register:

To register for Des Moines, Garfield, and Issaquah classes, please contact Northwest Parkinson's Foundation online at or call 206.748.9481, toll-free at 877.980.7500.

To register for Kirkland classes, visit or call the Evergreen Health Line at 425.899.3000 (Monday - Friday from 7 am to 7 pm).

Dance For Parkinson's classes are supported by:

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

2016-17 Season Sponsors