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 December 16.  Classes will take a break over the holidays and will resume on January 10!

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.


register online

 

special free workshops

Classes and workshops will take a break over the holidays and will resume on January 10!

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

yin yoga for flexibility and letting go with Meg Poe

This 90 minute workshop is part of the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative and will include a bit of lecture and a lot of practice.  Participants will learn and experience the benefits of Yin Yoga: greater flexibility, relaxation, increased energy, improved self awareness, and more.  

Yin yoga is a slow practice that makes heavy use of props and blankets to assist in achieving a comfortable pose.  All exercises are performed on the floor and poses will be held for several minutes each.    

I have enjoyed teaching Yin Yoga for 3 years.  It’s a different approach to exercising your body and mind.  Instead of pushing and stressing the body, you relax into your muscles, wake up connective tissues and become more aware of physical sensations.  Exercises are held for several minutes so you also become very aware of your busy thoughts and mind.  – Meg

All exercises are performed on the floor.  No experience is necessary.  Let’s all learn together!

register online  


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. A dedicated student comments, “Meg is a skillful practitioner herself and a masterful teacher who knows how to create an atmosphere that is relaxed, respectful, meditative, yet informal and fun. There is no pressure to perform or compete – students are free to adapt the exercises, with Meg’s guidance, to their own abilities and needs.”  PoeWellnessSolutions.com.  

 

American Dance Festival is excited to offer these 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.