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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


Read the Mercer Island Reporter piece on the program!


STG Dance for PD® offers dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners in Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Lynnwood, and Des Moines. Each eight-week series of classes, uses 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 class is 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. The Dance for PD® method is built on the idea that professionally trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with Parkinson’s disease. Dancers know about stretching and strengthening muscles, about balance and rhythm, and they know how powerfully dance concentrates the mind, body, and emotion on movement.

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, Des Moines Legacy Foundation, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Verdant Health, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Center for Healthy Living, Mercer Island Community Center, and Spectrum Dance Theater.

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Read the Seattle Times article about the program.

2018 - 2019 Classes (All FREE)



Lynnwood Classes (Mondays, 2-3:30 pm)
Location: 5026 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036

Fall Session: September 10 - October 29, 2018
Winter Session: January 7 - March 11, 2019 (no class 1/21 & 2/18)
Spring Session: March 25 - May 13, 2019
Summer Session: June 10 - July 29, 2019

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

Fall Session: September 10 - October 29, 2018
Winter Session: January 7 - March 11, 2019 (no class 1/21 & 2/18)
Spring Session: March 25 - May 13, 2018
Summer Session: June 10 - July 29, 2018

Mercer Island Classes (Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:00 pm)
Location: 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island

Fall Session: September 5 - October 24, 2018
Winter Session: January 9 - February 27, 2019
Spring Session: March 27 - May 15, 2019
Summer Session: June 12 - July 31, 2019

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

Fall Session: September 6 - October 25, 2018
Winter Session: January 10 - February 28, 2019
Spring Session: March 28 - May 16, 2019
Summer Session: June 13 - August 1, 2019

NEW: Bellevue Classes (Fridays, 1-2:30 pm)
Location: Pacific Northwest Ballet's Francia Russell Center: 1611 136th PL. NE., Bellevue, WA 98005

Winter Session: February 1 - March 22, 2019
Spring Session: April 12 - May 31, 2019
Summer Session I: June 7 - 28, 2019
Summer Session II: August 2 - 23, 2019

NEW: Bainbridge Island Classes (Saturdays, 12:30-2:00 pm, unless otherwise stated)
Location: Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center; 370 Brien Dr SE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Winter Session: February 9 – March 30, 2019. Details:
2/9: 12:30-2:00 pm
2/16: 3:00-4:30 pm
2/23: No Class
3/2: 12:30-2:00 pm
3/16: No Class
3/23: 12:30-2:00 pm
3/30: 12:30-2:00 pm
More classes to come. Please contact the STG Dance for PD Program Director, Shawn Roberts at 206-518-5232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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

Fall Session: September 8 - November 10, 2018 (no class 10/20 & 11/3)
Winter Session: January 5 - February 23, 2019
Spring Session: March 23 - May 11, 2019
Summer Session: June 8 - July 27, 2019

For More Information:

Shawn Roberts (STG Dance for PD® Program Manager): 206.518.5232


If you want to pre-register for any of the classes, please call 206.518.5232 or register in person on your first day of class. Drop ins are welcome and the classes are free!


Dance For Parkinson's classes are supported by:

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

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