Dance for PD®Educational Enrichment Seminar

Thursday, June 13, 2024

23905 Mercantile Road
Beachwood, OH 44122

Event Information

Dance for PD® educational enrichment seminars are designed to provide dancers, physical and occupational therapists and students, social workers, geriatric specialists and allied health professionals with an immersive look inside the Dance for PD® program in order to learn about our best practices and methods. During a Dance for PD® seminar, we’ll explore the core elements of our methodology through interactive discussion, movement demonstrations, and video screenings, including selections from the award-winning documentary Capturing Grace. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of the value and benefits of dance-based programs for people living with Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative conditions, and a preliminary roadmap for how to support this kind of programming in their communities.


Presenter: David Leventhal

David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, a research-backed, award-winning program of the Mark Morris Dance Group that has been used as a model for classes in more than 300 communities in 30 countries. He leads classes for people living with Parkinson’s disease around the world and trains other teaching artists in the Dance for PD approach. He’s co-produced five volumes of a successful Dance for PD At Home instructional video series and helped conceive and design Moving Through Glass, a dance-based Google Glass App for people with Parkinson’s. He’s received multiple awards for his work, including the 2016 World Parkinson Congress Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson’s Community, and has written and published extensively about the intersection of dance and Parkinson’s. He designed and continues to lead a groundbreaking Narrative Medicine course for first-year medical students at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and is a regular guest lecturer at Tufts University’s Department of Occupational Therapy. As a dancer, he performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011, appearing in principal roles in some of Mark Morris’ most celebrated works and receiving a 2010 Bessie Award for his performance career.