Mark Morris Dance Group and Cleveland State University present A Dance for PD® Enrichment Seminar and Informational Workshop for dancers, therapist

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Mark Morris Dance Group and Cleveland State University present

A Dance for PD®

Enrichment Seminar and Informational Workshop

for dancers, therapists, social workers, and allied health professionals

Saturday, August 29, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

We invite you to begin registration at the link below!

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“Dance for PD® is a hands-down success. It’s one of the most important programs for Parkinson’s disease in the country.”
—Mary Ellen Thibodeau, RN
RI Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association

"Extremely well coordinated, very respectful and appropriate content for a broad range of learners!"
—Enrichment seminar attendee

"An educational and inspiring day that nourished my body and spirit!"
—Enrichment seminar attendee

"My staff reported to me that this was the only training they had ever received in movement/exercise other than cursory information during nursing assistant or nursing training. They were so excited to start using the tools immediately and have other staff to partner with for spontaneous play with each other and the residents."
—Enrichment seminar attendee and assisted living facility senior manager

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About Dance for PD® workshops and seminars

Since 2007, more than 600 people from 30 states and 15 countries have participated in Dance for PD® (Parkinson's Disease) workshops and seminars, designed and produced by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group.

Our educational programs are designed to enrich, inform and inspire a diverse group of individuals who want to learn about the unique approach of this internationally acclaimed community arts & health program from its original creators.

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This seminar

This seminar is designed to provide dancers, physical and occupational therapists and students, social workers, and allied health professionals with a one-day 'immersion' look inside the Dance for PD® program in order to learn about our best practices and methods.

During this Dance for PD® seminar, our specially-created modules and interactive sessions will provide a wealth of information to attendees, who will also have the opportunity to participate in an actual Dance for Parkinson's class with members of the local Parkinson's community.

Dancers and dance teachers who are interested in our full teacher training program may use this one-day seminar to fulfill the pre-training course requirement (usually completed online).

Time and location

The seminar will take place on Saturday, August 29 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at Cleveland State University Arts Campus, Middough Building Dance Studio room 523, 1901 E. 13th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.

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Saturday, August 29
9:00a-10:00 Introduction to Dance for PD
10:00-11:00 Background and fundamental techniques
11:00-12:30 Structuring the movement experience
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:45 Dance for PD community class (with invited PD dancers)
2:45-3:30 Group discussion with PD participants and seminar attendees
3:30-5:00 Analysis and wrap up


Tuition for the seminar is $25 per person ($10 for university students).

Enrollment is limited, and seminar places are available on a first-registered first-reserved basis. Our workshops and seminars tend to become fully subscribed very quickly.


For questions about eligibility or seminar content, please email

For questions about parking, venue, or directions, please contact Lynn Deering at

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Facilitator for this workshop

David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, a collaborative program of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group that has now been used as a model for classes in more than 100 communities in 12 countries. He leads classes for people with Parkinson's disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach. Since 2007, he has trained more than 600 teachers in the Dance for PD® approach in 25 cities around the world. He's co-produced three volumes of a successful At Home DVD series for the program and has been instrumental in initiating innovative projects involving live streaming and a dance-based Google Glass App for people with Parkinson's. Along with Olie Westheimer, he is the co-recipient of the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award from the Parkinson's Unity Walk. He has written about dance and Parkinson's for such publications as Dance Gazette and Room 217, and has a chapters about the program in two recently published books: Moving Ideas: Multimodal Learning in Communities and Schools (Peter Lang), and Creating Dance: A Traveler's Guide (Hampton Press). He is in demand as a speaker at international conferences and symposiums, and has spoken about the intersection of dance, Parkinson's and healthcare at University of Michigan, Stanford, Brown University, Rutgers and Columbia University. As a dancer, he performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011, appearing in principal roles in Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, on Motifs of Shakespeare. He received a 2010 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for his performing career with Mark Morris. He graduated from Brown University with honors in English Literature.

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Special related event

Join us Friday, August 28 at InMotion for a 7:30 p.m. screening of David Iverson's award-winning documentary Capturing Grace, which traces the compelling stories of members of the Brooklyn Parkinson Group as they prepare for their first public performance. A Q&A with David Leventhal follows the screening. Click here for information and tickets.

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About on-going Cleveland classes

For more information about local classes taught by Dance for PD-trained instructors, please click here.

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About Dance for PD®

Dance for PD® offers dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in Brooklyn, New York and, through our network of partners and associates, in more than 100 other communities around the world. In Dance for PD® classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. An on-going collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, the Dance for PD® program also provides teacher training and nurtures relationships among other organizations so that classes based on our model are widely available. The Dance for PD® method has been presented at the International Congress for Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders in Berlin (2005), the World Parkinson Congress in Washington, D.C. (2006) and at Neuroscience 2008 in Washington D.C. The program was recognized as a model program at the Society for the Arts in Healthcare’s annual conference (2010). The World Parkinson Congresses in Glasgow (2010) and Montreal (2013) included Dance for PD demonstration classes, and the program was presented two years in a row at the Parkinson's Unity Walk in Central Park. Features about the program have appeared on PBS NewsHour, NPR, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Reuters, and in The New York Times and USA Today, among others.

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