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 

Please join us at our FREE weekly movement classes each week through May 27.  

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 10:30-11:45am
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

Mondays, 10:30-11:45am
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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special free workshops

 

Intro to Argentine Tango for Parkinson’s with Murielle Elizéon

In this workshop we will begin with a chair warm-up, inviting participants to bring awareness to their breath, gently mobilize joints and muscles and move with attention to their body sensations. We will then dive into Argentine Tango core principles such as leading and following, embrace, connection to a partner, and walking. Throughout the workshop, we’ll engage in a safe and nonjudgmental discovery of the social dance through learning and playing with simple movement patterns alone and in pairs. Our goal is to invite new movement possibilities and connect with a sense of playfulness.
 
This introduction to Argentine Tango workshop is designed for participants with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.
 
Below is an article on a research around Argentine tango and Parkinson’s:
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/17/parkinsons-tango-therapy_n_7065342.html 
 
Murielle Elizéon is a french dancer, performer, choreographer, and teacher. She has toured with various dance companies in France, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, and the US. She has been creating/leading/participating in many community projects involving various abilities and age groups. Murielle learned Argentine Tango between Europe and Argentina and has danced, taught, and performed it in Europe and the US for more than 12 years, using the form as a tool to access clarity of intention, body awareness, communication and connection to others.
www.culturemill.org 
www.murielleelizeon.com 
 
 
 
 
  

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.