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Develop your teaching skills and gain valuable new perspectives through a new series of monthly 90-minute Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops, offered 100% online. Each month, we'll feature a special guest presenter who will address the most up-to-date, relevant aspects of Dance for Parkinson's teaching practice today.

Join us live via Zoom or access recordings of each session on demand, on your own schedule.

Participation, through online or on-demand platforms, earns you Dance for PD training credits toward certification or recertification, just like our in-person workshops.

We hope you can join us!


Session 4: Thursday, February 25

Enhancing your Tech Know-How

Co-facilitated by Nadine Shelton, with Maria Portman Kelly and David Leventhal

Live from 1:00-2:30 p.m. US Eastern Time


On Demand


About the workshop

Right now, participating in online dance classes is a nourishing and engaging lifeline for people living with Parkinson's around the world. But the demand for online classes won't necessarily end after the pandemic recedes. Research from the University of Manchester indicates that 80% of participants would like to be able to access both in-studio and online classes on a regular basis in the future.

In this interactive workshop, live streaming expert Nadine Shelton, along with Dance for PD staff Maria Portman Kelly and David Leventhal, will share insights and good practices related to the technical side of teaching online.

Unsure of how to achieve the best camera angles, lighting or best quality audio? Interested in learning Zoom hacks? Curious about streaming on YouTube? This workshop will cover a general overview of streaming hardware and delve into the nitty-gritty of how to make interactive and streaming video technology work best for a community dance class. With ample time for questions, this workshop aims to share knowledge that helps you feel more confident using the technology that is destined to remain a powerful source of connection and engagement for many months and years ahead.

Join us as Nadine, Maria and David sharpen our digital toolkits so that we put those nagging technical issues aside and focus on the artistry of teaching.

Access and fees

This workshop will be offered live via Zoom. Due to the interactive nature of this workshop, a good internet connection is required. A recording of the workshop will also be made available to all registered participants so that you may engage in the training on demand. A link to the on demand version of the workshop will be sent to you within five days of the live workshop.

The tuition rate for this workshop is $10 for Dance for PD Members, $15 for non-members. If you currently have financial need due to COVID-19 and are unable to afford tuition for this workshop, please click here to complete a brief fee waiver form.

About Nadine Shelton

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Nadine's career has spanned 15+ years in live streaming, product launches and start ups. At YouTube, she worked closely with Product, Marketing, Public Relations and Legal to launch YouTube TV, AI Comment Moderation tools, and YouTube Gaming. Nadine managed countless live streamed events for brands and partners including Coachella, Lollapalooza, AMEX Unstaged, and RNC/DNC Conventions, State of the Union Address, and Elections coverage.

Prior to YouTube, Nadine worked in ad operations, live streaming operations, and spent two years in television pre- and post-production.

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