Parkinson’s Movement Initiative


American Dance Festival is proud to offer our NEW Parkinson’s Movement Initiative classes in partnership with NC Dance for Parkinson’s and Poe Wellness Solutions and supported by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Through funds raised by Moving Day® North Carolina, a walk for Parkinson’s, all classes offered through the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative are free for people living with PD and their caregivers.


weekly free classes 

Our grant has been re-funded!  http://parkinson.org/about-us/Press-Room/Funds-Local-Programs-Across-the-Country 

Fall Term kicks of September 10 and runs through December 16. 

Volunteer opportunities available.  Please contact studios@americandancefestival.org with inquiries.

Unless otherwise noted, all classes and workshops are held at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

Pilates for parkinson’s with meg poe

Mondays, 2-3:15pm  |  Wednesdays 2-3:15pm
Pilates for Parkinson’s consists of a warm-up focusing on alignment, exercises challenging strength and balance, and a cool-down for stretching and relaxation. All exercises are explained and demonstrated with options for beginners as well as more advanced participants. Time is spent seated in a chair, standing with the wall or a chair for support, and on the floor. Each class explores new ideas for improving strength, flexibility, and balance. 

All people with Parkinson’s and/or PD care partners are invited!  
**This is a FREE class, but you must PRE-REGISTER to participate. Hope to see you there!

About the instructor: Meg Poe is dedicated to health and happiness through movement and mindful living. She is a Duke-certified Integrative Health Coach, a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a certified Pilates instructor with a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from UNC Chapel Hill. She has been directly involved in educating and training students in the integration of mindful, healthy movement for over 25 years.

Dance for parkinson’s with Susan Saenger and Lindsay Voorhees

Sundays, 3-4:15pm
NC Dance for Parkinson’s is modeled after the Dance for PD® program, developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, and our teachers have attended their training workshops in Brooklyn. Although the class conveys the benefits of exercise, it also highly values the creative expression, aesthetics, and artistry that are at the core of dance as an art form. Participants will learn choreography in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, and cultural/folk, and have opportunities to improvise and create unique movement sequences. A typical class includes movement done seated, standing, and locomoting, with adaptations offered based on each individual’s level of comfort and mobility. Participants dance together, in partnerships, and at times, solo. In addition to dance, the teachers utilize related art forms such as theatre games, poetry, image-based mindfulness, and storytelling to foster creative and expressive experiences. The class also promotes a sense of community where isolation is broken and meaningful connections are formed through the joy of dance. 

All people with Parkinson’s and/or PD care partners are invited!
**This is a FREE class, but you must PRE-REGISTER to participate. Hope to see you there!

About the instructors: NC Dance for Parkinson’s is co-directed by Lindsay Voorhees and Susan Saenger. Lindsay has her MS in Occupational Therapy and a BA in Psychology and she is currently a licensed occupational therapist. Susan has a BA in Biology and an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy, is also a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, and a licensed professional counselor. Lindsay and Susan co-teach the Dance for Parkinson’s classes and were both trained by David Leventhal of the Mark Morris Dance for PD® program.


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Parkinson’s Movement Initiative Volunteer Orientation and Refresher

Monday, October 8 – 10:30am-12:00pm

Are you interested in supporting your community? Become a Parkinson’s Movement Initiative Volunteer! We are looking for volunteers to support Dance and Pilates for Parkinson’s.

This workshop is FREE and is a great place to start if you would like to get involved or learn more about the program, and is also a great refresher for our returning volunteers from last term. 

What makes a good volunteer?
– People person interested in building relationships
– Enjoy offering support and assistance
– Observant of self, others and surroundings
– Ready to get moving
– Ready to have fun

In this training you learn about the following:
– The Parkinson’s Movement Initiative
– Why Dance and Pilates for Parkinson’s
– Common Symptoms
– What to expect in class
– Volunteer expectations

To learn more contact Meg (meg@poewellnesssolutions.com) or Susan (ncdanceforparkinsons@gmail.com). 

For registration info, contact Julia (studios@americandancefestival.org).

Advance registration highly encouraged.

register online

 

  

American Dance Festival is excited to offer these Parkinson’s Movement Initiative classes in partnership with NC Dance for Parkinson’s and Poe Wellness Solutions and supported by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Through funds raised by Moving Day® North Carolina, a walk for Parkinson’s, all classes offered through the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative are free for people living with PD and their caregivers.