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Dance for Parkinson’s Community Event Coming to UArizona Health Sciences

A free event offers instruction on increasing coordination, balance, flexibility and strength through music and movement using different dance styles.

Dance for Parkinson’s Community Event Coming to UArizona Health Sciences

What: Dance for Parkinson’s Community Event
When: Thursday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.
Where: Health Sciences Innovation Building, 1670 E. Drachman St., Tucson

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 or contact Annisa Westcott at 520-626-8447 or