Mark Morris Dance Group and Dançar com Parkinson, in partnership with Centro Cultural de Belém, present A Dance for PD® Advanced Training Workshop

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Mark Morris Dance Group and Dançar com Parkinson,
in partnership with Centro Cultural de Belém, present

A Dance for PD®

Advanced Training Workshop

for returning trainees who have already attended a Dance for PD® introductory workshop

Monday, 3 April 2017

Centro Cultural de Belém / Estúdio SEGA

Lisbon, Portugal

We invite you to register at the link at the bottom of this page!

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Learn | Connect | Share | Dance

► 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

"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

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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. This advanced workshop will zoom in on specific technical elements, refreshing and expanding your movement vocabulary and approach. You'll take part in a structured activity development practicum with other experienced teachers, engage in a seminar on resolving in-class challenges, and participate in a concluding networking meeting to allow you to discuss topics of most importance to you and to network with those who share your interests.

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.

Want to earn more professional development credits? Participate in one or both days of the Introductory Training again as a returning trainee and receive an additional 5 credits for an additional 50€.

Workshop conducted in English.

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Time and location

The seminar will take place on Monday, 3 April at Centro Cultural de Belém, Praça do Império, 1449-003 Lisboa, Portugal.


Monday, 3 April
9:30 Check in
10:00-10:30 Welcome and introduction
10:30-11:00 Research overview
11:00-1:00 Advanced modules: Improvisation, center work, theme-based activities
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:00 Addressing artistic and administrative challenges
3:00-4:00 Practicum: translating repertory
4:00-6:00 Practicum: Activity development session

Workshop Tuition

Tuition for the advanced workshop is 90€ if taken independently (70€ if added to the introductory workshop). Please note that tuition will be made in US dollars using current exchange rates.

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


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

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

Facilitators for this workshop

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David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, a collaborative program of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group that has now been used as a model for classes in more than 100 communities in 17 countries, including Portugal. He leads classes for people with Parkinson's disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach. Since 2007, he has trained more than 600 teachers in the Dance for PD® approach in 25 cities 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. He 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'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. He 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.

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In partnership with

Belem Cultural Center

Promotional support provided by

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Additional support provided by

Santa Casa
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