Education & Community Programs > 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


Read the Mercer Island Reporter piece on the program!


Seattle Theatre Group® offers dance classes for individuals with Parkinson's disease and their care partners in Seattle, Lynnwood, Kirkland, Des Moines, and Mercer Island, 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, care partners 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, Des Moines Legacy Foundation, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Center for Healthy Living, Mercer Island Community Center, and Spectrum Dance Theater. The classes are based on Dance for PD®, a program developed by Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson's 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."

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Read the Seattle Times article about the program.

2017 - 2018 Classes (All FREE)

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

Fall Session: September 11 - October 30, 2017
Winter Session: January 8 - March 12, 2018 (closed 1/15 & 2/19)
Spring Session: March 26 - May 14, 2018
Summer Session: June 4 - July 23, 2018

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

Fall Session: September 11 - October 30, 2017
Winter Session: January 8 - March 12, 2018 (closed 1/15 & 2/19)
Spring Session: March 26 - May 14, 2018
Summer Session: June 4 - July 23, 2018

Mercer Island Classes - NEW SITE! (Wednesdays, 11:00am-12:30 pm)
Location: 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island

Fall Session: September 13 - November 1, 2017
Winter Session: January 10 - February 28, 2018
Spring Session: March 21 - May 9, 2018

Summer Session: May 30 - July 25, 2018 (closed 7/4)

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

Fall Session: September 14 - November 2, 2017
Winter Session: January 11 - March 1, 2018
Spring Session: March 22 - May 10, 2018

Summer Session: May 31 - July 19, 2018

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

Fall Session: September 16 - November 11, 2017 (closed 10/14)
Winter Session: January 13 - March 3, 2018
Spring Session: March 24 - May 12, 2018
Summer Session: June 2 - July 21, 2018

For More Information:

Shawn Roberts (Seattle Area Program Manager): 206.518.5232

To Register For A Class:

Please call 206.518.5232 OR register in person on the first day of class at the location of your choice.

Dance For Parkinson's classes are supported by:

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

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