World Dance for Parkinson’s Day coming up

Dance for PD Founding Member David LeventhalWorld Dance for Parkinson’s Day is set for April 28-29, 2018! A global collaboration organized by a diverse group of partners in 16 countries, this event will celebrate the range of programming, research collaborations and community initiatives and engagements that dance organizations and individual teaching artists are delivering worldwide for people with Parkinson’s.


Partners include: OFFBEAT – Belconnen Arts Center (Australia), Canada’s National Ballet School (Canada), Care to Dance (Netherlands), Dançar com Pk (Portugal), Dance for Health (Netherlands), Mark Morris Dance Group/Dance for PD (US), Dance for Parkinson’s Australia, Dance for Parkinson’s SA (South Africa), Dance Well/CSC Bassano (Italy), Dancers’ Career Development Center (South Korea), Dancing with Parkinson’s (Canada), DaPoPa (France), Dutch National Ballet/Creative Wellness Foundation (Netherlands), English National Ballet (UK), Hamilton City Ballet (Canada), Houston Ballet (US), Hrishikesh Pawar Contemporary Dance (India), Kinesiphila (Belgium), Musical Moving (UK), Parkinson en Mouvement (Canada), Queensland Ballet (Australia), Scottish Ballet (UK), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Step Up for Parkinson’s (Malta) and Yasmeen Godder (Israel).


These organizations regularly lead specialized classes for people with Parkinson’s. For World Dance for Parkinson’s Day, they’ll offer special classes and screenings of probing documentaries, all in honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month and International Dance Day. 


The event’s project coordinators are David Leventhal, program director at Dance for PD at Mark Morris Dance Group in NYC, and Jody White Van de Klippe, program director at Hamilton City Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s in Canada.


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Photo: Dance for PD Founding Member David Leventhal leads a class in the Netherlands. Photo courtesy of Dance for PD.