always learning…

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West Side Dance Project

I have been a work study student under scholarship with West Side Dance Project since 2010.  And as a singing actor who’s always loved physical comedy and clown work, I started delving into understanding the body and how it works, especially how I might use my own most efficiently.  The guidance I’ve been given and tutelage under which I’ve been lucky enough to study has transformed my mind and body.  Thanks to John DeBlass and Maria Zannieri, and the lineage of dancers in New York City with whom they’ve studied, I see, study, and dance in a whole new way.

Photo by Emma Mead

Dance for PD

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Since early 2014 I have been volunteering & dancing side by side with members of Dance for PD® and PD Movement Lab℠, the latter of which is led by the extraordinary Pamela Quinn.  Dance for PD®, is a collaboration of the Mark Morris Dance Group & the Brooklyn Parkinson Group.  Over the past couple years I have had the pleasure of participating in many professional development & teacher training workshops with some incredible teaching artists across many distinct disciplines of dance.  Since September 2015 I have been working as a teaching artist with Dance for PD®, and I’m happy to say that since Spring of 2020 I’ve been leading classes in Spanish too. Thanks to a growing partnership with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and their Hispanic Outreach Program I’ve been lucky enough to dance with folks from around the globe. I have had such a pleasure getting to know new dancers from my family of friends all over New York… I look forward to seeing them every week.

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“Dance for PD®, celebrating its 15th anniversary, offers specialized dance classes to people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and care partners in six locations around New York City and through our network of affiliates in more than 100 communities in 13 countries around the world. Dance for PD classes allow people with Parkinson’s to experience the joys and benefits of dance while creatively addressing symptom-specific concerns related to balance, cognition, motor skill, depression and physical confidence.

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The program’s fundamental working principle is that professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge about balance, sequencing, rhythm and aesthetic awareness is useful to persons with PD.

In class, teaching artists integrate movement from modern, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing, and choreographic repertory to engage participants’ minds and bodies and create an enjoyable,social environment for artistic exploration.”