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Mark Morris Dance Group and Dancers' Career Development Center present

A Dance for PD®

Introductory Workshop

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

Thursday, October 25-Friday, October 26, 2018

Dancers' Career Development Center

Seoul, Republic of Korea

with an option to participate in an Advanced Training workshop October 27-28

We invite you to apply at the link below!

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Dance for PD Workshop Seoul 2017

► 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 Seoul Parkinson's community.
► Enhance your learning experience with our acclaimed pre-workshop online course.

Workshop conducted in English with translation support provided as needed.

"A dynamic workshop and a fabulous life experience. I could not have been more pleased with time well spent.”—Dance for PD workshop trainee

"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

About Dance for PD® workshops

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Courtesy of People Dancing (photo by Rachel Cherry)

Since 2007, more than 1,500 people from 25 countries have participated in Dance for PD® (Parkinson's Disease) workshops and seminars, designed and produced by the Mark Morris Dance 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. To learn more about our complete four-step training program, including the pre-requisite online course, please click here.

This workshop

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 founding teachers and other trainees, in addition to covering general modules about safety and working with Parkinson’s participants.

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 2. 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 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 or Registered Teaching Assistant program.

Workshop details

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Dance for PD Workshop Seoul 2017

David Leventhal, Dance for PD Program Director (New York),
Danielle Teale, Founding Teacher, Dance for Parkinson's at English National Ballet (London), and Maria Kelly, Dance for PD Programs and Engagement Manager (New York).

Schedule: Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26, 9:00-18:00.

Dancers' Career Development Center's Maru Studio, 19, Sungkyunkwan-ro 4-gil 1st Floor, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Highlights: Comprehensive training modules, interactive teaching practicum, demo class, safety best practices, networking.

Credits: Earn up to 30 training credits toward the 50 credits required to be eligible for Dance for PD certification.

To join us:
1. Complete the application linked below to pre-register and hold a place.
2. Receive an acceptance letter from Dance for PD.
3. Complete the online course and assessment before the workshop.
4. Complete final registration and payment through DCDC for the October workshop.

Enrolment is limited to ensure an optimal learning environment for
participants. Workshop places are available on a first preregistered first reserved basis.

Workshop Tuition

Standard rate: US $290
Member rate: US $250

Tuition includes:
* all printed materials and sessions
* a one-year Dance for PD® program membership with special access to continuing education materials and tools, and access to our international teachers' listserv.
* Instructional media (DVD and music album)

A comprehensive 8-module online course is not included in workshop tuition, and must be completed in order to attend the September workshop.

No payment is required to apply. Please click below to complete our application. We will notify you upon acceptance into the training program. At that point, we will let you know about accessing the online course and provide more information about workshop registration.


For questions about eligibility or workshop content, please email david@danceforpd.org.

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Foundation for Community Dance (UK), Photographer: Rachel Cherry

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

Pre-register for the workshop

Launch your training process with three steps:

1. Apply online through the pre-registration button below.

2. Complete our online course and assessment on your own schedule.

3. Join us for a live, in-person in Seoul.

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About Dance for PD®

Dance for PD® offers dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in New York City and, through our network of partners and associates, in more than 300 other communities in 25 countries 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. Originally launched as a 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, supported by several peer-reviewed scientific research studies, 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), Montreal (2013) and Portland (2016) included Dance for PD demonstration classes. 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. The program has been honored by several awards, including the Parkinson Awareness Award, Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award, the ADA Sapolin Public Service Award from the New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, and the William Pearson Tolley Medal for Distinguished Leadership in Life Long Learning. Evidence from 38 peer-reviewed scientific studies serves to underpin the effectiveness and benefits of the Dance for PD teaching practice.

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