FREE CLASSES FOR PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON'S AND OTHER MOBILITY CONSIDERATIONS

ONLINE CLASSES
11:30am-12:30pm (MST)
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday (in English)
Wednesday (en Español-Danza Para Todos)

IN-PERSON CLASSES
10:30am-11:30am
Every Tuesday in the Gordon Gamm Theater at The Dairy Arts Center-2590 Walnut St.-Boulder. 

ONLINE INTRODUCTORY CLASS
10:45am-11:15am (MST)
First Thursday of every month 
3rd Law offers this class to introduce you to the  format of our classes  and to our program director, Lisa Johnston. Email danceforpd@3rdlaw.org if you are interested.

IF YOU HAVE TAKEN CLASS WITH US BEFORE…

A body in motion stays in motion

Instructors Katie Elliott, Elisa Garcia, Laura Hymers-Treglia, Lisa Johnston, Hannah Kinderleher, Lisa Morgan, Jessica Pittman, Peg Posnick, Viki Psihoyos, Emma Scher, and Sharon Wehner bring extensive backgrounds in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, samba, salsa, folk, tap, improvisation, yoga and more. 

Our instructors have trained in the Mark Morris Dance for PD® method in Brooklyn, NY. Dance for Parkinson’s is part of a global network in more than 300 other communities in 25 countries around the world.

Peek inside one of our classes taught by 3rd Law’s D4PD program founder Viki Psihoyos. This film was generously made by the Davis Phinney Foundation.

Our gentle movement classes taught by dance professionals are offered to anyone living with Parkinson’s, chronic illness and other mobility considerations. Friends, Family and Care-partners are welcome!

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.

If you need help registering, please call 720.263.1553 or email our program director, Lisa Johnston   danceforpd@3rdlaw.org.

“These classes elevate my mood. They make it easier to think about possibility rather than restriction. I leave feeling less pain. A wonderful addition to my schedule of self care.”

D4PD participant

Meet Elisa Garcia, instructor for our classes en Español

Why Dance?

Dance can improve quality of life by offering exercises targeted to…

  • increase mobility, endurance, balance and strength through joyful physical activity
  • create a sense of community through creative collaboration
  • build memory and cognitive function
  • reduce stress through breathing and movement combinations
  • build positive self-image with an attitude of possibility rather than limitation
  • keep participants engaged in everyday life through the above activities

“Dance has repeatedly been found to provide clinically meaningful improvements in motor scores for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Dance involves basal ganglia structures, activating similar neurological pathways to regular exercise, and also supports the psychological state by enhancing the concentration of serotonin”.

World Health Organization, 2019

History of 3rd Law's D4PD Program

The Boulder D4PD program was launched in 2013 by former New York City Ballet dancer, Viki Bromberg Psihoyos. In 2016, 3rd Law Dance/Theater ‘s Artistic Director Katie Elliott began assisting Psihoyos for these classes, and in 2018 the Boulder Dance for Parkinson’s Program became part of 3rd Law’s on-going class offerings. This has successfully supported the growth of the program, and connected the offerings to a local professional dance company.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?

Be part of this beautiful community! If you are interested in volunteering , contact Lisa Johnston, Director of the Dance for Parkinson’s Program at 720.263.1553 or danceforpd@3rdlaw.org

Thank you to our 2022/2023 donors AND PARTNERs:

Sustaining members: Mark Addison, Jane Butcher, Lyn Ciocca, Deborah Malden & Michael Donovan,
Lyra Mayfield & Charlie Stein, and William Raup, and to our many individual donors.
Foundations and government funding: The Israel Family Foundation, The Messing Family Charitable Foundation, Ketul Arnold – Rasa Yoga Experiment, and…