Dance as Exercise for People with PD

For people living with PD, exercise is a vital component to maintaining a sense of well being, balance, mobility and daily living activities. In the past few years, two popular dance programs have proliferated across the country due to high demand—Dance for PD® and Let Your Yoga Dance for Parkinson’s®!  Find a class near you today and get moving.

Dance for PD®
Dance for PD® began as a collaboration between the NPF Chapter, Brooklyn Parkinson Group (BPG) and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Olie Westheimer, the founder and executive director of BPG, recognized the need for members of her support groups to participate in a highly social and joyful activity unrelated to therapy — away from clinics, hospitals and therapists’ offices. Her main aim was to combat obvious depression among people with PD and their caregivers.

10 reasons why people benefit from Dance for PD®:

  1. Dance develops flexibility and instills confidence.
  2. Dance is first and foremost a stimulating mental activity that connects mind to body.
  3. Dance breaks isolation.
  4. Dance invokes imagery in the service of graceful movement
  5. Dance focuses attention on eyes, ears and touch as tools to assist in movement and balance.
  6. Dance increases awareness of where all parts of the body are in space.
  7. Dance tells stories.
  8. Dance sparks creativity.
  9. The basis of dance is rhythm.
  10. The essence of dance is joy.

Watch this video from Dance for PD®

For more information, visit: or call 646-450-DFPD (3373). This web site lists all affiliated classes in the U.S. and abroad, class schedules, addresses and contact information.

Learn more about the Dance for PD at Home DVD.

Watch Dance Helps Parkinson's Patients Harness Therapeutic Power of Movement from PBS, featuring Dance for PD®.

Let Your Yoga Dance for Parkinson’s®
Megha-Nancy Buttenheim has created a movement form that brings yoga, breath, gentle dance, and world music into a healing modality. She has been teaching yoga and yoga dance, in and around chairs, to people with Parkinson’s.  Let Your Yoga Dance® offers many benefits to the Parkinson’s community—the main goal of these classes is to bring more joy, breath, and health to body, mind and spirit.

Watch this video from Let Your Yoga Dance for Parkinson's®:

For more information, visit: To find a Yoga Dance Teacher in your community, visit:

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