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DancePD-8069 by Amber Star Merkens

Mark Morris Dance Group and Berkeley Ballet Theater, in partnership with the Dance for PD Bay Area Consortium, present a two-day

Professional Development Workshop

Sunday, March 15 and Monday, March 16, 2020

Berkeley Ballet Theater, Berkeley, CA

Prerequisite: a Dance for PD® introductory workshop

We invite you to register at the link below!

► Hone your skills and expand your creative toolkit
► Exchange activities and exercises with other Dance for PD instructors
► Share class challenges and potential resolutions
► Infuse your teaching practice with new ideas

"The workshop provides new ideas, but it also reminds me of what I already know and encourages me to continue to revamp, add to, take on, varied ideas presented in the workshop that will enrich my Parkinson's dancers experience."—Brooklyn Advanced workshop participant

"This inspiring workshop addressed the challenges of meeting the diversity of PD dancers and coming up with ideas to facilitate partner work in class."
—Brooklyn Advanced workshop participant

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Courtesy of People Dancing (photo by Rachel Cherry)

About this workshop

Dance for PD founding teacher David Leventhal will facilitate a series of interactive sessions that explore the art and craft of Parkinson's dance teaching and build on content covered in the introductory workshop. We'll focus on creative approaches to content by exploring the interaction between structured/choreographed activities and open-ended co-creative activities that allow participants a critical voice in the creative process. We'll dive into a repertory practicum in which you'll create a translated version of a contemporary work, and you'll participate in a music and rhythm enrichment session.

This workshop is worth 10 credits in the Dance for PD training system, and helps qualified teachers earn credits toward eligibility for certification. To learn more about Dance for PD's complete four-step training program, please click here or download our Training Guide.

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Courtesy of People Dancing (photo by Rachel Cherry)

Time and location

The workshop will take place on Sunday, March 15 and Monday, March 16 at Berkeley Ballet Theater, 1370 Tenth St, Berkeley, CA 94710.


Sunday, March 15
4:30-7:30p Workshop sessions

Monday, March 16
9:00a-4:00p Workshop sessions

Workshop Tuition

Standard rate: $150
Dance for PD Member rate: $125

You'll also be able to add any of our popular and widely-used instructional DVDs and music CDs to your order when you register.


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

DancePD-8069 by Amber Star Merkens

Advanced Workshop Reviews

"Learning from each other and our shared experiences was wonderful.”—Dance for PD Advanced Workshop participant 2015

"I particularly appreciated the breakdowns and explanations given by both teachers and participants as to tips and sequences they have found helpful for actually teaching material to dancers with PD.”—Dance for PD Advanced Workshop participant 2015

"I made some good contacts that will be very helpful in our own work. Having the opportunity to share material we developed in our own class, and to get such a positive response from fellow participants, added an extra dimension.”—Dance for PD Advanced Workshop participant 2015

Facilitator for this workshop

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David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, a program of the Mark Morris Dance Group that has now been used as a model for classes in more than 300 communities in 25 countries. He leads classes for people with Parkinson's disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach 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 and designing innovative projects involving live streaming and Moving Through Glass, a dance-based Google Glass App for people with Parkinson's. He received the 2016 World Parkinson Congress Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson's Community and was a co-recipient of the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award from the Parkinson's Unity Walk. Leventhal 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 health at the Lincoln Center Global Exchange, Edinburgh International Culture Summit, University of Michigan, Rutgers, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Brown, Stanford, Columbia, Georgetown, Tufts, and Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège (Belgium), among others. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Davis Phinney Foundation, and is a member of the Advisory Council for the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Arts & Humanities program. He was a 2016 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training mentor. Leventhal designed and currently teaches a pioneering dance-based elective course that is part of the Narrative Medicine curriculum at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons; he teaches a similar course at the NYU School of Medicine. He's featured in the award-winning 2014 documentary Capturing Grace directed by Dave Iverson. 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. Leventhal 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.


About Dance for PD®


The Mark Morris Dance Group's award-winning Dance for PD® program invites people with Parkinson's and their families in more than 300 communities and 25 countries around the globe to experience the joys and benefits of dance while creatively addressing symptom-specific concerns related to balance, cognition, motor skill, depression and physical confidence. Through its innovative, internationally-replicated classes, acclaimed teacher training program, and high quality media resources, Dance for PD​'s fundamental working principle is that professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge about balance, sequencing, rhythm and aesthetic awareness is useful to persons with PD. In class, teaching artists integrate movement from modern, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing, and choreographic repertory to engage participants' minds and bodies and create an enjoyable, social environment for artistic exploration.​​ Dance for PD has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Dance Magazine, The Guardian and hundreds of other publications,​and has been honored by several local, national and international awards, including the Parkinson Awareness Award, Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award, and the Sapolin Public Service Award from the New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. Peer-reviewed research from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Germany suggests that dance provides a range of benefits, including improved walking and short-term mobility, enhanced quality of life and self-efficacy, and improvements in mood and social inclusion among people with Parkinson's. Dance for PD, which began in 2001 as a collaboration between MMDG and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, leverages technology—live streaming, a popular instructional At Home DVD series, and an experimental App for Google Glass—to make the program more available to its diverse and expanding network of constituents around the globe. The program actively pursues research opportunities with top academic centers including Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis, Stanford University, and Syracuse University.


About Berkeley Ballet Theater

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Berkeley Ballet Theater is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing Bay Area dancers of all backgrounds and skill levels with a safe space to ignite curiosity, integrate creativity and physicality, and cultivate a passion for movement. BBT believes that dance is a meaningful experience that inspires individuals, connects communities, and changes our world for the better. BBT provides rigorous classical ballet training to students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities in an inclusive and nurturing environment. BBT maintains that every body can dance, and that by moving together we cultivate empathy, create lasting bonds, and bring individuals and communities together in transformative ways. BBT has offered free Dance for PD® classes with live music to the East Bay community since 2008.

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