Sharing Dance Parkinson's

Dance can change lives! Sharing Dance Parkinson's was informed and inspired by the Mark Morris Dance Group's Dance for PD® program. The program is specially designed to make dance accessible to people living with Parkinson's disease (PD).
 
Numerous studies indicate that dance is uniquely beneficial for people living with PD - improving gait, posture, and balance (Shanahan et al., 2015). Beyond physical benefits, dance encourages social inclusion and personal and artistic expression. Increased social engagement (Foster et al., 2013) and improved quality of life (Heiberger , 2011) have also been captured in research studying the impact of dance for people living with PD. Click here to read more about the Sharing Dance Parkinson's program and the benefits of dance for people with Parkinson's Disease.

Class Location – Canada’s National Ballet School, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON
  • Classes begin with seated dancing, followed by dancing in a standing position.
  • Standing sections of the class include seated options for those who prefer to continue dancing in a seated position.
  • Classes are designed to be physically, cognitively, and creatively stimulating and incorporate a variety of different musical and dance styles.
  • Please dress in comfortable attire. Traditional dancewear is not required. Class can be done in soft dance slippers, socks, or non-marking/clean street shoes.
  • Interested participants are asked to speak with their medical provider before registering.
  • Each class is followed by a light community tea in the school’s main square.
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2018 - 2019 Classes

Event  Date - Tuesday Classes (10:00 AM - 11:00AM)
Fall Term  September 18 - First Class
October 30 - November 2 - No Class (October Break)
December 11 - Final Class
Winter Term January 15 - First Class
February 19 - 22 - No Class (February Break)
April 9 - Final Class
Spring Term April 23 - First Class
April 12 - 22 - No Class (April Break)
June 11 - Final Class


 

Event Date - Friday Classes (11:15AM - 12:15PM)
Fall Term September 21 - First Class
October 30 - November 2 - No Class (October Break)
December 14 - Final Class
Winter Term January 18 - First Class
February 19 - 22 - No Class (February Break)
April 12 - Final Class
Spring Term April 26 - First Class
April 12 - 22 - No Class (April Break)
June 14 - Final Class

I associate dance with freedom, back to feeling like myself, my real self—as opposed to what Parkinson’s has done.

— Judy, Participant