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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


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STG Dance for PD® offers dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners in Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Mountlake Terrace, Bainbridge Island 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, City of Des Moines, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Verdant Health, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center, Mercer Island Community and Event Center,, Mercer Island Arts Council, Bainbridge Island Senior Center, and Spectrum Dance Theater.

2019 - 2020 STG Dance for PD® Locations and Dates (All FREE)

 

Bainbridge Island Classes (Saturdays, 12:30-2:00 pm, unless otherwise stated)
Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center: 370 Brien Dr SE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
206.842.1616

Fall Session: September 7 - October 26, 2019 (*Note: October 12th class will be from 3-4:30pm)
Winter Session: January 11 - February 29, 2020
Spring Session: March 21 - May 9, 2020
Summer Session: May 30 - July 18, 2020


Bellevue Classes (Fridays, 1-2:30 pm)
Pacific Northwest Ballet's The Francia Russell Center: 1611 136th PL. NE., Bellevue, WA 98005
425.451.1241

Fall Session: October 4 - November 22, 2019
Winter Session: January 17 - March 6, 2020
Spring Session: March 27 - May 15, 2020
Summer Session I:June 5 - June 26, 2020
Summer Session II: August 7 - August 28, 2020


Des Moines Classes (Mondays, 2-3:30 pm) (No class (1/20/20 and 2/27/20)
Des Moines Activity Center: 2045 S. 216th St, Des Moines, WA 98198
206.878.1642

Fall Session: September 9 - October 28, 2019
Winter Session: January 6 - March 2, 2020 (*Note: No class 1/20/20)
Spring Session: March 23 - May 11, 2020
Summer Session: June 1 - July 20, 2020


Kirkland Classes (Saturdays, 11-12:30 pm)
Peter Kirk Community Center: 352 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033
425.587.3360

Fall Session: September 7 - November 2, 2019 (*Note: No class 10/19/19)
Winter Session: January 11 - February 29, 2020
Spring Session: March 21 - May 9, 2020
Summer Session: May 30 - July 18, 2020


Mercer Island Classes (Wednesdays, 11:30 am-1:00 pm)
Mercer Island Community and Event Center: 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island
206.275.7609

Fall Session: September 4 - October 23, 2019
Winter Session: January 8 - March 4, 2020 (*Note: No class 2/12/20)
Spring Session: March 18 - May 6, 2020
Summer Session: June 3 - July 22, 2020


Mountlake Terrace Classes (formerly Lynnwood) (Mondays, 2-3:30 pm)
Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center: 23000 Lakeview Dr., Mountlake Terrace, WA
425.672.2407

Fall Session: September 9 - October 28, 2019
Winter Session: January 6 - March 2, 2020 (*Note: No Class 1/20/20)
Spring Session: March 23 - May 11, 2020
Summer Session: June 1 - July 20, 2020


Seattle Classes (Thursdays, 11am-12:30 pm)
Garfield Community Center: 2323 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122
206.684.4788

Fall Session: September 5 - October 24, 2019
Winter Session: January 9 - February 27, 2020
Spring Session: March 19 - May 7, 2020
Summer Session: May 28 - July 16, 2020


For More Information:

Shawn Roberts, STG Dance for PD® Program Director: 206.518.5232
Deborah Birrane, STG Dance for PD® Program Assistant: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Registration:

If you want to pre-register for any of the classes, please call 206.518.5232, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 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:

Seattle Theatre Group logo   Dance for PD logo   Northwest Parkinson's Foundation  Des Moines Legacy Foundation  PNB Seattle Parks and Recreation logo   Bainbridge Island Senior Center Spectrum Dance Theater Bainbridge Island Crossfit logoMercer Island Arts Council logo