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. Tuesdays. Proof of vaccination required and masks strongly encouraged.

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

Also, a new in-person bilingual class will be offered this fall at the Longmont senior center. More information coming soon.

IF YOU HAVE TAKEN CLASS WITH US BEFORE…

A body in motion stays in motion

Instructors Katie Elliott, Elisa Garcia, Lisa Johnston, Hannah Kinderleher, Jessica Pittman, and Viki Psihoyos bring extensive backgrounds in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, samba, salsa, folk, tap, improvisation,  yoga and more. Guest teachers from around Colorado also add to the wonderful diversity of dance techniques and somatic practices.

Our  instructors have completed or are  in the process of completing the Mark Morris Dance for PD® training programs 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.

These are gentle movement classes taught by dance professionals. They are offered to anyone living with Parkinson’s, chronic illness and other mobility considerations. Bring your friends, family and pets into the Zoom room!

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.

WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS

Big thank you to Peg Posnick, Chelsea Magyar, and to our first Field Experience Intern Nohealani Rufo from Metropolitan State University, Denver. If you’re interested in assisting and being part of our D4PD community, please contact Lisa Johnston, Director of the Dance for Parkinson’s Program at 720.263.1553 or danceforpd@3rdlaw.org