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dance, exercise, imagery, music, quality of life, Parkinson's disease, socialization



  1. Westheimer, Olie MA


Brooklyn Parkinson Group (BPG) in collaboration with Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), a renowned modern dance company, developed dance classes for persons with Parkinson's disease (PD), friends, and family. In 5 years, classes have increased from 2 to 9 participants once a month, to weekly classes of 20 to over 30 participants. Professional dancers teach the classes in a large dance studio with live piano accompaniment. This article explains the rationale of dance for PD, describes teaching methods, and includes participants' observations. Perceived benefits noted by 15 participants with PD to a validated questionnaire are discussed.