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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

STG Dance for PD® Digital Classes

STG Dance for PD® offers digital dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. Our classes are held on the following days and times:

Wednesdays: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fridays: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Please contact our Director, Shawn Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 206-518-5232 for more information!

Dance For PD® Information

STG Dance for PD® classes use dance, live music, and community in a safe and creative environment to support students in developing 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 will enjoy this creative and welcoming class that is open to all abilities and mobility of movement. Live music is used to enhance the positive experience this class brings to participants and all involved. No dance experience or diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is required to participate. The classes are always free.

STG Dance for PD® classes are based on the Dance for PD® method developed by Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group.

Why Dance for PD®?

  • Dance develops flexibility
  • Dance is first and foremost a stimulating mental activity that connects mind to body.
  • Dance breaks isolation.
  • Dance invokes imagery in the service of graceful movement.
  • Dance focuses attention on eyes, ears, and touch as tools to assist movement and balance.
  • Dance increases awareness of where all parts of the body are in space.
  • Dance tells stories.
  • Dance sparks creativity.
  • The basis of dance is rhythm.
  • The essence of dance is joy.

Seattle Theatre Group Dance for PD® program is offered in collaboration with Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Meet Our Teaching Artists

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Shawn Roberts, Director

Deborah Birrane

Angie Bolton

Marianne Chikos

Naomi Glass

Deborah Kenner

Kara O'Toole

Meet Our Musicians

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Travis Corwin

Angela Rinaldi

Aria Storm

Dance For Parkinson's classes are supported by:

Seattle Theatre Group logo Dance for PD logo Northwest Parkinson's Foundation PNB

Contact Us

Shawn Roberts, STG Dance for PD® Program Director: 206.518.5232
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