Dozens of people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners explored music and movement through Dance for PD®, a free, daylong program offered at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts last fall. The innovative movement classes and lunchtime lecture were presented by The Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) and the Quick Center, in association with the Connecticut Parkinson’s Working Group, the Parkinson’s Young Onset Support Group of Connecticut, and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group.
In Dance for PD® classes, participants explore movement in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. A creation of MMDG and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, the program has been presented in more than 75 communities around the country and the world. The Quick Center event also included a lecture on the promising intersection of dance and Parkinson’s disease by Dr. J. Antonelle de Marcaida of Eastern Connecticut Neurology Specialists. Dr. de Marcaida spoke of dance’s positive effects on balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, social isolation, and depression.
“Although participants from all over the world tell us they find elements of the class therapeutic, the primary goal of our program is for people to enjoy dance for dancing’s sake in a group setting,” said David Leventhal, Dance for PD® founding teacher, “and also to explore the range of physical, artistic, and creative possibilities that are still very much open to them.”
A few days later, The Mark Morris Dance Group enthralled the audience at the Quick Center’s 2012-13 season opening performance.