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Princeton University Concerts, American Repertory Ballet team up to offer free dance classes for Parkinson’s community

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On Sunday, March 3, PUC will host a Healing with Music event exploring the intersection of music, dance, and Parkinson’s Disease. As part of this experiential panel, led by Dance for PD’s founding teacher and program Director David Leventhal and experts including Dr. Concheta Tomaino and Princeton University Professor Elizabeth Margulis, Dance for PD participants will present adapted Mark Morris choreography, an excerpt of his piece “Falling Down Stairs” set to the Bourrée from the Suite No. 3 for Unaccompanied Cello by J.S. Bach, which will be played live by cellist Joshua Roman as part of the Healing with Music event.

In the leadup to this event, American Repertory Ballet (ARB) is offering free Dance for PD classes for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers, both in person and online, beginning Monday, July 31, with a five-week summer session at its Princeton location at 301 North Harrison St. (in the Princeton Shopping Center, above McCaffrey’s Supermarket).

Classes at the Princeton location take place Mondays from 2-3:15 p.m. Zoom classes are offered Thursdays 11 a.m.-noon. For information and Zoom link, email Rachel at RStanislawczyk@arballet.org, or call Lindsay Cahill at 732-249-1254 x19.

Taught by trained Dance for PD instructor Rachel Stanislawczyk, these classes create a warm sanctuary for movement exploration and a social atmosphere to support artistic venture. All classes are open to all levels of ability.

Class participants will learn adapted movement from the Bourrée section of Mark Morris’ work “Falling Down Stairs” and will have the option to showcase what they have been working on as part of the Healing with Music event on March 3. All class participants will receive a free ticket to this event.

On Monday, March 4 at 7 p.m., the Princeton Garden Theatre and PUC have also collaborated to screen David Iverson’s documentary “Capturing Grace,” which affords audiences an inside look at the Dance for PD program and its therapeutic benefits. Iverson, who also has first-hand experience dealing with Parkinson’s disease and participating in Dance for PD classes, will participate in a live Q&A after the screening.

Visit arballet.org or call 609-921-7758 for information.


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