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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 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 trained in the Dance for PD® method, participants are inspired to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable and stimulating. Whether seating of standing, people with Parkinson's disease, caregivers and friends will enjoy this creative and welcoming environment. With LIVE MUSIC. No dance experience necessary.

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."

Dance For Parkinson's classes are supported by:

         Northwest Parkinson's Foundation     

Des Moines Legacy Foundation  

View Informational Video

Read the Seattle Times article about the program.

2013 - 2014 Classes (All FREE)

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

Winter: January 18 - March 8, 2014
Spring: April 12 - May 31, 2014
Summer: June 12 - July 31, 2014

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

Winter: January 9 - February 27, 2014
Spring: March 27 - May 15, 2014

Summer: June 12 - July 31, 2014

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

Winter/Spring: March 3 - April 21, 2014
Summer: June 9 - July 28, 2014

Issaquah Classes - NEW! (Wednesdays, 11-12:30 pm)
Location: Issaquah Conference Center - Flex Room: 751 NE Blakely Drive, Issaquah, WA 98029

Winter: January 8 - February 26, 2014
Spring: March 26 - May 14, 2014
Summer: June 11 - July 30, 2014

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 Classes: Visit or call the NW Parkinson’s Foundation at 206.748.9481 or Toll-Free at 877-980-7500.

These classes are based on Dance for PD®, a program developed by Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. The classes are offered in a partnership between Seattle Theatre Group, Spectrum Dance Theater, EvergreenHealth, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation, Des Moines Senior Center and Seattle Parks & Recreation.