Living Large! *PT for PD*

This fun, upbeat class will be focused on the use of large movements performed at a high intensity. The instructors will guide participants through exercises, introduce movement strategies, and provide information about using these principles in everyday functional movement. Modifications will be offered for each exercise.  Participants of all abilities are invited to attend!

Class participants can expect to receive individualized feedback, help creating an at-home exercise plan if desired, and Q&A about resources and information with instructors Eleanor Pleasants, PT, DPT and Emily Rhodes, PT, DPT, LSVT cert(R). 

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About the instructors:

Emily Rhodes, PT, DPT, LSVT Cert (R) is a board certified Physical Therapist who received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University and her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of NC at Greensboro with a concentration in Sports Medicine. She is an LSVT BIG certified therapist, supporting her knowledge and experience in treating patients with Parkinson’s disease. She has worked in multiple hospital systems across the state in acute and outpatient settings, but currently works at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. After 19 years of ballet training, she has a better understanding of how essential movement is to her patients’ quality of life. She loves being able to work in a field that combines her interest in art and science and allows her to help others regain their highest movement potential.

Eleanor Pleasants, PT, DPT received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University and her Bachelors of Art in Communications from Wake Forest University. She is a board certified Physical Therapist who loves helping people accomplish their goals and regain lost function while treating a wide range of patients from individuals with Parkinson’s to injured runners. Currently she is working at a private practice outpatient clinic in downtown Durham but has spent time at the UNC Spine Center.  She spent her childhood surrounded by art on the grounds of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a retreat for working artists, and has grown to appreciate movement as both a medicine and an art form. She has spent most of her life enjoying exercise through volleyball, running, and soccer. 


This workshop is part of the 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.

About This Event

ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

November 12, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm