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Advanced course for dance for Parkinson's practitioners

Thursday 27 July 2017 led by artists from English National Ballet, with David Leventhal (Dance for PD®)

Course length: one day
The Dance for Parkinson's Network UK in partnership with People Dancing are pleased to provide this advanced course for dance practitioners currently working with people with Parkinson's. 
Curated by English National Ballet in partnership with David Leventhal from Dance for PD®, this one-day professional development lab is aimed at dance practitioners currently working with people with Parkinson's. Participation in the lab is only open to practitioners who have completed the Introduction to Dance for Parkinson's course run by People Dancing, the Dance for Parkinson's Network UK or English National Ballet and are currently working in this field.

During the lab, practitioners will explore the following strands in the context of dance for Parkinson's: artistry and creativity, improvisation, choreography and performance. In addition, there will be inputs from current international research relating to dance and Parkinson's; exploration of the opportunities and challenges presented by innovative technology and an open dialogue relating to challenges that can be encountered during dance for Parkinson’s practice. The workshop will utilise an interactive, experiential format that fosters exploration and learning through creative group work, movement, analysis and discussion. 
  • Explore a range of repertory and adaptation processes
  • Develop new approaches to creating choreography
  • Explore improvisation strategies to inspire creativity in the dance class 
  • What are the challenges and opportunities presented by engagement in technology for dance for Parkinson’s?
  • Share good practice and ongoing challenges 
  • Current developments in research affecting dance for Parkinson's practice
  • Get to know other dance for Parkinson’s artists.

Photo: Summer School 2016 by Rachel Cherry

Photo: Summer School 2016 by Rachel Cherry
David Leventhal's Biography
David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, an internationally-acclaimed program of the Mark Morris Dance Group that has been used as a model for classes in more than 140 communities in 17 countries.

He's trained hundreds of instructors around the world, co-produced three volumes of a successful Dance for PD At Home DVD series, and has conceived and designed innovative projects like Moving Through Glass, a dance-based Google Glass App for people with Parkinson's. Leventhal is a recipient of the Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award and the 2016 World Parkinson Congress Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson community.

He has spoken about the intersection of dance and health at such events as the Lincoln Center Global Exchange and the Edinburgh International Culture Summit. As a dancer, Leventhal performed principal roles with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011 and received a 2010 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for his performing career with Mark Morris. An honors graduate of Brown University, he serves on the boards of the Davis Phinney Foundation (USA) and the Arts and Humanities Program at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (USA).
Early Bird (until 28 April 2017) Standard price 
Members Non-member Members Non-Member
£92 £132 £102 £142