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A Training & Professional Development Workshop

for dancers, dance teachers, students, therapists, and allied health professionals

in Gainesville, FL

Friday, May 30 - Sunday, June 1, 2014

Learn more and preregister below!

“The collaborative effort between Jill Sonke, with UF's Dance for Life program, and the Mark Morris Dance Group instructors, resulted in a dynamic workshop and a fabulous life experience. I could not have been more pleased with time well spent.”—2011 trainee

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► Learn best practices and methods from one of the program’s founding teachers.
► Hone your teaching skills.
► Deepen your knowledge with our specially-created modules and acclaimed interactive sessions.
► Participate in an actual Dance for Parkinson's class with members of the local Parkinson's community.

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About Dance for PD® workshops and seminars

Since 2007, more than 350 people from 30 states and 12 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 workshop

This year's Gainesville workshop offers opportunities for both new trainees and returning teachers to hone their skills, network with other teachers, and immerse themselves in our acclaimed approach.

Our introductory workshop is specially designed to help dance teachers adapt your expertise to work effectively and comfortably with the Parkinson’s population under the guidelines and methodology of the Dance for PD® program. You'll cover special modules that focus on class structure, pedagogy and exercise design, and participate in a practicum class to develop class content and teaching techniques with a founding teacher and other trainees, in addition to covering general modules about safety and working with Parkinson’s participants. For the Gainesville workshop, staff and teachers from the UF's own Dance for Life program will provide an added level of experience and knowledge. Please click here for more information about the Dance Teacher course.

Although this workshop is specifically geared toward dance teachers, we welcome a diverse group of individuals who may be interested in the workshop for Educational & Professional Enrichment (EPE). In this workshop, you will attend as Active Auditors, participating in all group discussions and modules, while observing the teaching practicum on Day 3. The EPE program is designed to provide a comprehensive and intimate look at core components of the Dance for PD® program so that a wide variety of individuals without dance training or dance teaching experience--including people with Parkinson's and care partners--can learn about our methods and benefit from our resources.

Our introductory workshops are non-certifying. Attendance at one of our introductory workshops is a prerequisite to qualify for our Dance Teacher certification program.

The Gainesville workshop will also feature professional development break-out sessions that focus specifically on issues of interest to returning teachers.

Time and location

Training sessions for first-time attendees are scheduled to take place from the afternoon of Friday, May 30, all day Saturday May 31, and all day Sunday June 1 (ending at 4 pm) in the McGuire Pavilion on the campus of the University of Florida, Gainesville. Professional development sessions for returning attendees will take place all day Saturday and Sunday until 4 pm.

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Introductory training
Standard rate: $300
Member rate: $270
UF Staff/Affiliate rate: $205
Student/unemployed rate: $135 (no media bundle included)

Professional development for returning trainees
Standard rate: $175
Member rate for returning trainees: $145

Please note that these rates have increased to accommodate the inclusion of the just-released At Home DVD Volume 2 in the workshop media bundle.

Tuition for introductory trainees includes:
* all printed materials and sessions
* our media bundle (Two At Home DVDs and companion CD, a $79 value)
* a one-year Dance for PD® program membership with special access to continuing education materials and tools (a $45 value), and access to our international teachers' listserv.

On-site lunch will be available for an additional fee, or you may bring your own.

No payment is required to apply. Please click below to complete our application. We will notify you upon acceptance into the workshop and will include final registration and payment information at that time.

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Workshop Reviews

"Extremely well coordinated, very respectful and appropriate content for a broad range of learners!"
—2012 workshop attendee

"This workshop was completely satisfying, both on personal and professional levels. I thoroughly enjoyed each day's activities and the way in which [the trainer] conducted the discussions and experientials. His teaching ability is outstanding, along with his understanding of group process...I feel uplifted and inspired by all I witnessed..."
—2012 Trainee

"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."
—2012 workshop attendee and assisted living facility senior manager

"I learned more than I could have ever imagined and I love to dance more than I ever imagined. I have already utilized some of your ideas into my treatment approaches with my patients and they have worked GREAT!"—2011 participant and DPT

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Facilitators 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 nine 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 350 teachers in the Dance for PD® approach in 20 cities around the world. 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 the medical schools of University of Michigan and Columbia University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for Arts and Health. 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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Misty Owens is a founding teacher of Dance for PD®, led Dance for PD classes at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn for eight years, and currently teaches in Dallas, TX. She wrote extensively about Dance for PD for her MFA thesis and has presented the program at conferences and symposiums in the U.S. and Canada. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her BFA from the University of New Mexico. Ms. Owens has performed and taught throughout the U.S., Japan and Mexico with the Bill Evans Dance Co. and currently dances with the Peggy Spina Tap Company in NYC. She has taught on the faculties of Marymount Manhattan College, Long Island University–Brooklyn, Brooklyn Friends School and the Mark Morris Dance Group where she taught Dance for PD and was the artistic director of student company I & II before moving to Dallas.

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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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