Princeton Dance for Parkinson

KINGSTON, N.J., November 2011 -- DanceVision and The Parkinson Alliance are thrilled to announce new 6- week series of  special dance classes: Princeton Dance for Parkinson’s. People with Parkinson’s disease, their caregivers, partners and friends will get a chance to participate in a specialized Princeton Dance for Parkinson’s  for 6 Wednesdays  starting November 16- December 21, 2011 @ 1-2:15 pm  at PDT Studio @ Forrestal Village, Princeton, NJ.  

Classes for walk-ins are $10 per person. If caregiver or spouse or partner participates it is only an additional $5.  Special discounts for 6-class package @ $55 and for caregiver @ $25 for 6-class series.  No dance experience necessary, all levels and can start anytime in the series!!

Manola, a participant shared: “ It works for all levels of the disease and for caregivers as well. Each of us can participate in our own way, and be comfortable with each other.”  Dr. Sydney & Roslyn Helfen, who have come together each time, shared: “ It is the first activity we have found that is as much fun as it is vital for living with Parkinson’s Disease.  We look forward to it each week. Marie, Deborah and Linda are wonderful instructors who are lighthearted and sensitive to our needs and capabilities even as they prompt us to move as much as possible and in ways we have not done before”.  Elisa, who also brought her mother, shared: “ I think many of us are surprising ourselves with what we can do. Without this opportunity, we couldn’t know we have it in us”

Marie Alonzo Snyder, Linda Mannheim and Debra Keller, all three experienced dance instructors who were trained by the Mark Morris Dance Group teachers of Dance for PD®, will  take turns co-leading the 75-minute class.  Participants will explore elements of modern dance, ballet, social dancing and repertory from each of the choreographer in an enjoyable, non-pressured environment that features live musical accompaniment.

Princeton Dance for Parkinson’s classes are based on  the dance classes for PD started at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn in 2001 and have since been replicated in more than 40 other communities around the world.  Classes are appropriate for anyone with PD, no matter how advanced.  No prior dance experience is necessary.

The Parkinson Alliance has offered to match grants received by DanceVision Inc earmarked for Princeton Dance for Parkinson’s for the express purpose of continuing this program.

To register, interested participants should call (609) 514-1600 Pre-registration is required due to limited space.  DanceVision is at PDT Studio @ Forrestal Village 116 Rockingham Row, Princeton NJ 08540