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.

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

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 (Seattle Area 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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