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Dance for PD®, Mark Morris Dance Group,
and Cleveland State University Department of Theatre and Dance
with support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, present

A Dance for PD®

Enrichment Seminar and Informational Workshop

for therapists, social workers, and allied health professionals

Saturday, July 20, 2013| 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

We invite you to begin registration at the link below!

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"Extremely well coordinated, very respectful and appropriate content for a broad range of learners!"
—2012 enrichment seminar attendee

"An educational and inspiring day that nourished my body and spirit!"
—2012 enrichment seminar attendee

"My staff reported to me that this was the only training they had ever received in movement/exercise other than cursory information during nursing assistant or nursing training. They were so excited to start using the tools immediately and have other staff to partner with for spontaneous play with each other and the residents."
—2012 enrichment seminar attendee and assisted living facility senior manager

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About Dance for PD® workshops and seminars

Since 2007, more than 300 people from 30 states and eight countries have participated in Dance for PD® (Parkinson's Disease) workshops and seminars, designed and produced by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group.

Our educational programs are designed to enrich, inform and inspire a diverse group of individuals who want to learn about the unique approach of this internationally acclaimed community arts & health program from its original creators.

This seminar

This seminar is designed to provide physical and occupational therapists and students, social workers, and allied health professionals with a one-day 'immersion' look inside the Dance for PD® program in order to learn about our best practices and methods.

During this Dance for PD® seminar, our specially-created modules and interactive sessions will provide a wealth of information to attendees, who will also have the opportunity to participate in an actual Dance for Parkinson's class with members of the local Parkinson's community.

Time and location

The seminar will take place on Saturday, July 20 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at Cleveland State University Arts Campus, Middough Building Dance Studio room 523, 1901 E. 13th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.


Saturday, July 20
8:30a-10:30 Introduction to Dance for PD
10:30-12:30 Workshop modules and interactive sessions
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:45 Dance for PD community class (with invited PD dancers)
2:45-3:30 Group discussion with PD participants and seminar attendees
3:30-4:30 Wrap up


Tuition for the seminar is $25 per person ($10 for university students).

Enrollment is limited, and seminar places are available on a first-registered first-reserved basis. Our workshops and seminars tend to become fully subscribed very quickly.


For questions about eligibility or seminar content, please email

For questions about parking, venue, or directions, please contact Lynn Deering at

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Facilitator for this workshop

David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Manager 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 eight countries. He leads classes for people with Parkinson's disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach. He has written about the program for such publications as Dance Gazette and Room 217, and has chapters about the program in two upcoming books: one called Multimodal Learning in Communities and Schools (Lexington Books), and one entitled Creating Dance: A Traveler's Guide (Hampton Press). He is a frequent guest speaker at Parkinson’s conferences and symposiums, and has been a presenter at the annual meetings of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH), and serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for Arts & Health (formerly SAH). In April, he will be presented with the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award by the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in recognition of his role in developing Dance for PD. As a performer, he danced with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011, performing 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 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his performing career with Mark Morris. He is on the faculty of the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. He graduated from Brown University with honors in English Literature.

"I learned more than I could have ever imagined and I love to dance more than I ever imagined. I have already utilized some of your ideas into my treatment approaches with my patients and they have worked GREAT!—2011 participant and DPT

Seminar preregistration
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About on-going Cleveland classes

Yes…I Can Dance: Dance for Parkinson’s classes take place at the Mandel JCC Sundays at 2 pm. For more information, please click here.

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About Dance for PD®

Dance for PD® offers dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease in Brooklyn, New York and, through our network of partners and associates, in more than 100 other communities around the world. In Dance for PD® classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. An on-going collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, the Dance for PD® program also provides teacher training and nurtures relationships among other organizations so that classes based on our model are widely available. The Dance for PD® method has been presented at the International Congress for Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders in Berlin (2005), the World Parkinson Congress in Washington, D.C. (2006) and at Neuroscience 2008 in Washington D.C. The program was recognized as a model program at the Society for the Arts in Healthcare’s annual conference (2010). The World Parkinson Congress in Glasgow featured a workshop on “Dance and Parkinson’s Disease” and demonstration classes (September, 2010), and a demo class was included at this year's Parkinson's Unity Walk in Central Park. Features about the program have appeared on PBS NewsHour, NPR, CBS, ABC, and Reuters, and in The New York Times and USA Today, among others.

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