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An introduction to dance for Parkinson’s

Tuesday 25 - Wednesday 26 July 2017
With David Leventhal, Danielle Teale and the Dance for Parkinson's Network UK

Course length: two days

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 David Leventhal from the Mark Morris Dance Group (New York) and Danielle Teale (independent practitioner). 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 People Dancing Dance for Parkinson’s on-line learning programme assessment is a pre-requisite for this course.


Please see below to download the Introduction to Parkinson's timetable:

Photo: Introduction to Dance for Parkinson's, Summer School 2016
by Rachel Cherry

Photo: Introduction to Dance for Parkinson's, 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).
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.
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