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Join us for an

Introductory Training Workshop

Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

February 17-18, 2018

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Workshop highlights

Get training in an acclaimed global program that helps people with Parkinson's experience the joys and benefits of dance.

► Learn best practices and evidence-based methods from experienced teachers.
► Hone your teaching skills.
► Deepen your knowledge with our specially-created modules and acclaimed interactive sessions.
► Become part of a global network of passionate instructors in 24 countries.
► Participate in an actual Dance for Parkinson's class with members of the Spokane Parkinson's community.

"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

We invite you to apply via the button below.

About Dance for PD® workshops

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About Dance for PD® workshops and seminars

Since 2007, more than 2,000 people from 30 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 Spokane workshop is designed primarily 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—Physical and Occupational Therapists, movement educators and fitness instructors—who may be interested in the workshop for Educational & Professional Enrichment (EPE). In this workshop, you will participate in all group discussions and modules, while observing and helping to coach 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. You will be required to complete an introductory online course in order to attend this in-person workshop.

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Workshop details

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David Leventhal, Dance for PD founding teacher and Program Director

Schedule: Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Gonzaga University's Theatre Arts / Dance Rehearsal Building, 1108 North Pearl St., Spokane, WA, 99202.

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.

Accommodations: Please click here for a list of local accommodations.


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Photo courtesy of People Dancing. Photographer: Rachel Cherry

Standard rate: $349
Dance for PD Member rate: $310
Gonzaga Alumni rate: $270
Gonzaga current student rate: $220

Please send inquiries about student discounts Suzanne Ostersmith: ostersmith@gonzaga.edu.

Tuition includes a one-year Dance for PD® program membership with special access to continuing education materials and tools (a $100 value), and access to our international teachers' listserv.

Note about online course
Please note that workshop tuition does not include the pre-requisite online course ($55-$85), which must be completed before the workshop. The self-directed, interactive online course takes around 8-10 hours and can be done over several weeks. You'll receive details about the online course when you apply.

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.

I'm interested. Now what?

1. Complete the application linked below to pre-register and hold a place.
2. Upon acceptance, complete the required online course and assessment (approximately 8-10 hours). Course is $55 for Gonzaga students and $85 for non-Gonzaga trainees.
3. Complete final registration and payment for the February workshop.
1. Complete the application linked below to pre-register and hold a place.
2. Upon acceptance, complete the required online course and assessment (approximately 8-10 hours). Course is $55 for Gonzaga students and $85 for non-Gonzaga trainees.
3. Complete final registration and payment for the February workshop.

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

Apply for the workshop

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**Please note**: if you have already submitted a training application, please send an email to admin@danceforpd.org to pre-register for this workshop. You do not need to submit a second application.

Workshop Reviews

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

"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."
—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 doctor of physical therapy


About Dance for PD®

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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 140 other communities on six continents. Key global partners include Dance for Parkinson's Australia, the Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK and Dancing with Parkinson's (Toronto) as well as organizations like Houston Ballet, English National Ballet, GOTRA Ballet (Netherlands), Canada's National Ballet School, and Queensland Ballet. In Dance for PD® classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. Founded as a collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn Parkinson Group and Olie Westheimer, 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, the World Parkinson Congress, and at the Society for Neuroscience. The program was recognized as a model program by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare. 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 Sapolin Award for Public Service 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. More at www.danceforpd.org.

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