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An Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s


With David Leventhal, Danielle Teale, the Dance for Parkinson's Network UK, People Dancing and Dance for PD ® (USA)
Tuesday 26 - Wednesday 27 July 2016

The Dance for Parkinson's Network UK with People Dancing and Dance for PD ® (USA) are pleased to deliver the Network’s annual training days.

This is a two-day professional development opportunity for experienced dance practitioners, musicians and allied arts and health professionals interested in learning more about dance classes for people with Parkinson’s.

The course will be led by Danielle Teale from English National Ballet and David Leventhal from the Mark Morris Dance Group (New York) and members of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK. The course will provide participants with an insight into how to structure dance classes for people with Parkinson’s, as well as focusing on the artistic imperative behind a Parkinson’s dance programme. Dance practitioners will also gain an overview of the effects of the condition on dance participants, learn how to ensure safety for all participants, and benefit from the practical experience of devising and delivering content for a Dance for Parkinson’s class.

Successful completion of the Dance for Parkinson’s online learning programme assessment is a pre-requisite for this course. The online course and assessment fee is included in the course cost.

David Leventhal's Biography
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 125 communities in 16 countries. He leads classes for people with Parkinson's disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach.   

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 is the co-recipient of the Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award. 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 University of Michigan, Rutgers, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Brown, Stanford, Columbia, Georgetown, Tufts, and Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège (Belgium), among others. He designed and currently teaches a pioneering dance-based elective course that is part of the Narrative Medicine curriculum at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. As a dancer, he performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011, appearing in principal roles in some of Mark Morris' most celebrated works. 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.
Danielle Teale's Biography
Danielle Teale is an independent community dance artist based in Hackney, East London with a portfolio of rich and varied experience in dance teaching, choreography, directing and project management. Her empathic, supportive and imaginative approach to dance places the enjoyment and achievement of others at the core of her work. She is recognised for providing high quality artistic experiences for dancers and non-dancers alike, from early years to older dancers.

Danielle’s portfolio includes work with East London Dance as lead artist for their integrated dance programme plus design and delivery of their Dance to Health programme for older adults at risk of falls, in partnership with innovative arts enterprise AESOP. She also delivers bespoke workshops and projects as Community Dance Artist for Green Candle Dance Company; in schools, in care homes and in the community for older adults and people with dementia.

Danielle has worked in the field of dance for Parkinson’s for six years. She attended the Mark Morris Dance Group, Dance for PD® training course in New York in 2010 and is a long standing member of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK. She coordinated the highly successful Dance for Parkinson’s programme for English National Ballet, delivering CPD courses, and mentoring emerging artists. Danielle continues to deliver weekly classes for ENB in London and has been invited to guest teach in London and internationally for Dance for Parkinson’s groups. She is currently mentoring an emerging dance for Parkinson’s artist based in West London through the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK mentoring scheme.

Danielle was a recipient of the Dance UK teacher mentoring bursary in 2014 and the Lisa Ullman Travel Scholarship in 2015 which enabled her to join the Dance for Health and Parkinson’s team in their Rotterdam artists training and design process for their new Dance for MS programme. She is currently in the final phase of a Masters Degree in Community Dance at University of Roehampton.
An Introduction to Dance for Parkinson's prices
Early Bird (until 29 April 2016) Standard price 
Members Non-member Members Non-Member
£207 £270 £230 £290