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Mark Morris Dance Group, Center for Arts in Medicine and the Arts in Medicine Programs at the University of Florida, in association with Brooklyn Parkinson Group, present

A Training & Professional Development Workshop

in Gainesville, FL

Friday, June 8 - Sunday, June 10, 2012

We invite you to preregister at the link 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.”—Tootsie L., 2011 trainee

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A demo class at the 2011 Gainesville workshop

About Dance for PD workshops

Since 2007, more than 300 people from 30 states and six countries have participated in Dance for PD workshops, designed and developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group. Our workshops are designed to enrich, inform and inspire a diverse group of individuals who want to introduce people with Parkinson’s to the joys and benefits of a customized dance experience. During Dance for PD workshops, our specially-designed training modules, guest lecturers, demo classes and interactive sessions provide a wealth of information to attendees of all kinds. 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.

Workshop details

Training sessions for first-time attendees are scheduled to take place from the afternoon of Friday, June 8, all day Saturday June 9, and all day Sunday June 10 (ending at 4 pm). Professional development sessions for returning attendees will take place all day Saturday and Sunday until 4 pm.

Enrollment is limited, and workshop places are available on a first preregistered first reserved basis. Our workshops tend to become fully subscribed very quickly. No payment is required at this time. Please read the instructions on the preregistration pages carefully. Once you are accepted into the workshop, you will be notified about final registration and payment six weeks prior to the event.

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Guest rooms are available a discounted block rate of $75/night at Camelia Rose Inn and Magnolia Plantation.


The per person fee for first time attendees workshops is $195, which includes all materials and sessions, as well as a 2012 membership to the Dance for PD program that provides special access to continuing education materials and tools (a $45 value). Members attend for $170.

The professional development fee for returning participants is $170 ($150 for Dance for PD members).

On-site lunch will be available for an additional fee, or you may bring your own. Parking is extra, and can be paid upon registration.

No payment is due until Final Registration, which is requested five weeks before the start of each workshop. You will receive notification via email when Final Registration commences.


A limited number of Fellowships is available. For information on Fellowships, please click here.

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Our training courses

Our introductory workshops offer two training levels: a Dance Teacher course and an Educational & Professional Enrichment Course. Each level offers a spectrum of practical information and approaches; each level is supplemented by post-workshop continuing education opportunities through advanced professional development workshops and special online resources. The Gainesville workshop will also feature professional development break-out sessions that focus specifically on issues of interest to returning teachers.

During our workshops, most sessions include attendees from all courses participating together in one large group, while smaller breakout sessions may target issues and concerns that are specific to EPE or DT attendees.

Please select your course when you register for the workshop. For more information about both courses, and about eligibility requirements for those interested in teaching a Dance for Parkinson's class, please visit our website.

"It was a warm, well organized and creative learning experience. It will help work more effectively with people with Parkinson's but the benefit is clearly for all. The principals of respect and sensitivity emphasized in the workshop go beyond it that group as well. Thank You!"—2012 trainee

"This was one of the best trainings I ever had. I can’t believe that my work as a nurse has given me an opportunity like going to Brooklyn and meeting professional dancers in the MMDG! It truly was a pleasure to spend the weekend with you all.”—Lynn K., RN, 2010 workshop participant

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Pre-register here!

We request that Dance Teacher training program candidates also complete the special questionnaire here if they have not done so already for a previous workshop.

For more information about Dance for PD, please visit

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Additional information

Affiliation: Dance for PD® is a registered trademark. The Dance for PD® name is reserved for those classes taught by certified teachers, who have gone through a separate certification process, or for those programs that are officially licensed by us, although we happily provide logistical and planning support to teachers who are developing classes based on our model. Additionally, attendees in the Enrichment course (EPE) who are offering exercise, movement or somatics classes are not permitted to make reference to Mark Morris Dance Group in promotional materials without written permission from MMDG. By preregistering for this workshop, you acknowledge that you understand and will abide by this policy.

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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 60 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 Congress in Glasgow featured a workshop on “Dance and Parkinson’s Disease” and demonstration classes (September, 2010), and a demo class was included at this year's Parkinson's Unity Walk in Central Park. Features about the program have appeared on PBS NewsHour, NPR, CBS, ABC, and Reuters, and in The New York Times and USA Today, among others.

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