Parkinson's Movement: Dance for PD ~ Healing Movement to Music for Parkinson's & Movement-Related Disorders (Studio)

The internationally-acclaimed, research-backed Dance for PD® program, founded in 2001, offers specialized dance classes to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers in over 300 communities around the world. Students experience the joys and benefits of dance while creatively addressing symptom-specific concerns related to balance, cognition, motor skill, depression and physical confidence. The program, called “the gold standard for how a performing arts organization can make an extraordinary contribution to health and wellness” (Renee Fleming), uses dance to empower students to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative.  A recent study in “Brain Sciences” shows that participation in a weekly Dance for PD class effectively slowed both motor and non-motor Parkinson's symptoms over a period of three years.

Classes are taught by professionally-trained dancers who are movement experts with knowledge about balance, sequencing, rhythm and aesthetic awareness that is useful to persons with PD.  Movement variety includes modern, ballet, tap, folkloric, traditional social dance, yoga, martial arts, improvisation and choreographic repertory to engage participants’ minds and bodies and create an enjoyable, social environment for artistic exploration. Dance for PD has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, NBC, and other major networks. Susanne Liebich, a Teaching Artist and the first Certified Dance for PD teacher in Massachusetts has conducted dance classes for Steinberg Wellness Center for 10 years. View a demonstration of the class from the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-dzCc--1rQ

Location

Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind & Body
310 Baker Ave


sessions

September 9 - October 14
Thu 10:30 AM - Thu 11:30 AM

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October 21 - December 2
Thu 10:30 AM - Thu 11:30 AM
15 spots left

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instructor

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Susanne Liebich

Susanne Liebich has been a professional dance and certified movement educator, choreographer and program director for over 30 years. As a senior fitness expert, her knowledge includes exercise which enhances and sustains the health of adults of all ages and mobility levels. Her balanced, holistic approach blends traditional, expressive and therapeutic movement to foster overall wellbeing. Her certifications include Dance for PD®, Stott Pilates®, Black Belt Nia®, Moving to Heal® and Total Barre®. She is trained in injury prevention for older adults and individuals with Parkinson’s, MS, osteoporosis and arthritis.

She was one of the first Certified Dance for PD instructors in the world, and her class was featured in the Boston Globe. She is a member of the Emerson Hospital Parkinson’s Disease Committee. Her work includes classes at independent senior, assisted living and memory communities, and hospitals in the Greater Boston area.

Student Testimonial:
I have already noticed a decrease in the severity of PD symptoms in my body. You inspire me to vigorously dance with intention.