Free weekly movement classes with live piano accompaniment for individual with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners.
Classes held at the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center are provided in partnership with the American Parkinson's Disease Association New Jersey Chapter. Studio space is generously donated by Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center.
The Dancing for Parkinson's program is being held virtually on Zoom.
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Individuals with Parkinson’s are encouraged to remain active. The class is designed to encourage and develop coordination, musicality, spatial awareness, creativity and technique. The dance class facilitates cognitive stimulation, social interaction, while also focusing on stability and gait.The class begins seated and participants are guided through a progressive warm-up and a series of sequences that encompass the principals and qualities of dance. The class advances to standing for those who feel comfortable. For those not comfortable or able to stand, seated modification for each exercise is provided.The class follows the Dance for PD® model, which was founded in Brooklyn in collaboration between the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group and the Mark Morris Dance Group. David Tamaki is the instructor for the program and is trained in the Dance for PD® method and is a recipient of the Stanley J. Wertheimer Fellowship Program, which provides continued development and mentorship to qualified instructors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q) Why does the class start seated?
The class begins seated to provide participants an opportunity to warm-up their body through a series of combinations. The warm-up allows participants to prepare for the section of the class that is standing. For those who cannot stand, seated modification of combinations performed standing will be provided.
Q) Do I need to register?
At this time, no pre-registration is required. A signed waiver form is required and will be provided to you when you arrive for class.
New Jersey Ballet's Dancing for Parkinson's program is generously supported by the following funders:
The Provident Bank Foundation
The Kenneth Aidekman Foundation
Arts Council of Essex Area Fund - Community Foiundation of New Jersey
Mission Commision at Presbyterian Church in Westfield