Don’t Let Illness Take the Lead

A new D.C. class asks Parkinson’s patients if they’d like to dance


Members of the Brooklyn Parkinson Group and Mark Morris Dance Group move together.

Editor’s Note: The father of the writer of this article is a member of Dance for PD’s advisory board.

When students walk into Dance for PD, they’re not defined as people with Parkinson’s disease or caregivers or friends; they’re just artists. And that’s what makes it a welcoming environment to explore movement, says Margot Greenlee, lead teacher of a new class starting at 2 p.m. Thursday at Iona Senior Services (4125 Albemarle St. NW).

This is the first class in the District, but the program, developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, is taught in Maryland and Virginia (and more than 100 other locations around the world). The free, drop-in-anytime sessions provide a social outlet as well as a chance to stretch, strengthen and shake off inertia.

There’s no need to have experience in any dance style. And most of the hour-long class is performed seated. Learn more about the program at Danceforparkinsons.org.

Vicky Hallett is a MisFits columnist and the Fit editor for Express.
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