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Dance for PD®

10:00 am to 11:00 am

A unique and interactive class that uses dancing to improve health and well-being is being offered as part of the Dance for Parkinson’s Community Event on Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Health Sciences Innovation Building in Tucson. 

At 10 a.m., a Dance for PD® masterclass is being presented by the University of Arizona Health Sciences, Innovations in Healthy Aging, Aging and the Arts and Arizona Arts in collaboration with Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD® program and Arizona Arts Live. The class is free and open to the public. No dance experience is required, and all levels of ability and mobility are welcome.

Teaching artists from Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD® program will offer a stimulating, accessible and enjoyable class that includes excerpts from Pepperland, which pays homage to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ landmark “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” 

Dance for PD® was born from the idea that people with Parkinson’s disease could benefit from the insight and specific techniques and methods used by dancers to guide their own bodies and minds. The Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD® program strives to increase coordination, balance, flexibility and strength through music and movement from a broad range of dance styles.

In classes led by professionally trained dancers and musicians, participants experience the grace, fluidity and power of dance in a social, joyful and supportive environment. Dance for PD® teaching artists integrate movement from modern and theater dance, ballet, folk dance, tap, improvisation and choreographic repertory.

Attendance is limited to 30 people. Register online at

Mark Morris Dance Group

Founded in New York City in 1980 by artistic director and choreographer Mark Morris, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has been called “the preeminent modern dance organization of our time” by Yo-Yo Ma, its members receiving “highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity,” from Bloomberg News. Live music and community engagement are vital components of the Dance Group, which has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996. Through Access/MMDG programming, the Dance Group provides educational opportunities in dance and music to people of all ages and abilities while on tour internationally and at home at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, New York.

To request any disability-related accommodations for this event please contact the event coordinator at least three business days prior to the event.
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 10:00am


Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Community
University of Arizona Health Sciences


Tucson area
Health Sciences – Tucson
Health Sciences Innovation Building
1670 E. Drachman St.


Annisa Westcott
University of Arizona Health Sciences
Innovations in Healthy Aging