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Thursday 26 - Friday 27 July: Introduction to dance for Parkinson’s

With David Leventhal, Danielle Teale and the Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK.

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

Course applicants must:
  • have a firm grounding in at least one dance genre
  • have experience in leading groups as part of work in dance, sport, health or community settings
  • have successfully passed the Introduction to Dance for Parkinson's online learning programme assessment.

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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 a highly experienced independent dance artist who founds her practice on the principles of equality and the belief that all people are valuable and all people are creative. Teale is highly sought after in the field of dance and health and has contributed to the design and delivery of many high-profile programmes. Her work includes consultancy, programme design, mentoring, CPD design and leadership, teaching and choreography across a wide range of settings. More information can be found on Danielle's website

Danielle is initiator of the Artists' Exchange Programme (AEP) providing skills exchange, CPD and mentoring opportunities to inspire artists working in the community to interrogate their artistic motivations and enhance their practice (

Danielle began her work in the field of dance and Parkinson's in 2009 when she coordinated the successful Dance for Parkinson's programme for English National Ballet. Danielle continues to mentor artists and deliver CPD for English National Ballet as well as for People Dancing alongside David Leventhal. She delivers weekly Dance for Parkinson's classes for English National Ballet at their studios in London.

Danielle has developed an ongoing independent programme 'Dancing with Parkinson's', in partnership with hospices and hospitals in London where she currently delivers three regular classes, also offering mentoring and shadowing for dance artists and musicians. Her practice as research project Collectivity and Intimacy ( was inspired by and developed in collaboration with dancers with Parkinson's, and this work continues in 2018 with an interdisciplinary artistic research project. Danielle is consulting artist for Dance for Health in Rotterdam, leading their Dance for Parkinson's CPD and advising on the development of their artistic programme.