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Comments from students:
"You end up doing things you never thought you could do."
"I have more creativity than I used to think I had."
“Dancing improves my mood”
“I liked the chance to express myself.”
“I liked the breathing exercises.”
“I feel so at ease, I forgot I had PD.”
“It feels good to move.”

Dancing with Parkinson’s

This joyful dance program is designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease.  

These dance classes are a combination of being led in dynamic movements, accessible dance steps, and opportunities to experience one’s natural movement and creativity. Whether standing or sitting, all ability levels can benefit; walkers and wheelchairs welcome. Family members or care partners should plan to join us too. Just bring your “two left feet” and a willingness to try something new.  

This class was featured in Maine Public Broadcasting Network's special, Easing the Burden. Watch it here.

Read other local press: Midcoast's Herald Gazette, and Portland's Press Herald.

 Exciting music and clear examples invite you to explore new movements and concepts, to move with the music, and to feel comfort and ease in your movement. The music is carefully chosen to help us embody each type of movement.  The movements are selected and modified specifically for people with Parkinson’s, and can be adapted according to each individual’s ability.  
 
Classes includes diverse dance and movement genres (jazz, tap, modern, african, ballet, yoga, chi gong, waltz, cha cha, salsa, marches and more). Movements will be rhythmic, fluid, delicious, exciting, grounding, centering, purposeful, or full of breath, and they will become uniquely your own.
  
Thanks to the leadership and inspiration of the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group, dance programs for people with Parkinson’s are emerging all over the country.
Be part of the excitement!

Current Classes
January 12- June 22, 2017
Dance for Everyone! 
A dance program for people with movement challenges
Come join us in this easy to do dance program specially designed for people with movement difficulties.
Because dance is not just for the able-bodied. Dance is for everyone. Even people with Parkinson's can dance!
  
No experience necessary. Bring a care partner or family member to share in the fun for free! They benefit from the class too!
 
Why dance? 
Release tension, increase flexibility, balance, and strength
Experience how music can help you to move
Breathe more deeply and vocalize more fully
Gain confidence and feel good about your movement 
Connect with others joyfully and creatively
Enjoy a stimulating mental activity that connects mind and body
Increase awareness in your body and how it moves
Feel supported as you explore in a safe and comfortable environment
 
 
Thursdays, 10:30-11:30, 
January 12-June 22
Attend any number of weeks. Call to register.
 
Cost: $25 for 4 week sessions. Care partners attend for free!
Scholarships and discounts are available. No one will be turned away.
 
Location:St Thomas Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut Street, Camden
Use Wood Street entrance where there is plenty of parking.  
 
Questions? Contact the instructor, Katie Tranzillo, at 203-915-9371, or katiet @joyfuldancing.com
 
To Register: Call the Journey to Health Office, 207-921-3950 
 
Sponsor: Community Health and Wellness, Pen Bay Medical Center


Past Classes
Thursdays, 10:30-11:30, 
September - October, 2016
Camden, ME
 
Everybody Dance!
A dance program for people with movement challenges
Come join us in this easy to do dance program specially designed for people with movement difficulties. Even people with Parkinson's can dance!
 
Location: St Thomas Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut Street, Camden
Use Wood Street entrance where there is plenty of parking.  
 
Questions? Contact the instructor, Katie Tranzillo, at 203-915-9371, or katiet @joyfuldancing.com 
 
To Register: Call the Journey to Health Office, 207-921-3950 
Sponsored by: Community Health and Wellness, Pen Bay Medical Center

Thursdays, 10:30-11:30, 
August, 2016 
Belfast, Main
 
Everybody Dance!
A dance program for people with movement challenges.
Come join us in this easy to do dance program specially designed for people with movement difficulties.
Even people with Parkinson's can dance! 
 
Location: East Belfast Elementary School, Belfast, ME
Easy access, plenty of parking  
 
Questions? Contact the instructor, Katie Tranzillo, at 203-915-9371, or katiet @joyfuldancing.com  
 
To Register: Call the Journey to Health Office, 207-921-3950 
 
Sponsored by: Community Health and Wellness, Pen Bay Medical Center

October and November, 2012
At Mid Coast Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME
 
Scholarships available. Care partners or family attend for free!
Co-sponsored by Mid Coast Senior Health Center,
the Maine chapter of the APDA,
and MaineHealth Learning Resource Center
Registration required: 1-866-609-5183


March and April, 2011
At Mid Coast Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME
 
Scholarships available. Care partners or family attend for free!
Co-sponsored by MidCoast Senior HealthCenter, the Maine chapter of the APDA
and MaineHealth Learning Resource Center 
Registration required: 1-866-609-5183 

January -April, 2011
At Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, ME
 
Scholarships available. Care partners or family attend for free!
Co-sponsored by Bay Square at Yarmouth and MaineHealth Learning Resource Center/APDA
Registration required: 1-866-609-5183

September October, 2010 
At the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Maine
 
Scholarships available. Care partners or family attend for free!
Co-sponsored by the Waldo County General Hospital
and MaineHealth Learning Resource Center/APDA
Registration: Lillian Scenna, Program Manager, Maine APDA, 1-866-609-5183

October - November, 2010
At the Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden ME 04843
 
Co-sponsored by the Camden chapter of the APDA and Quarry Hill Retirement Community
Registration: Suzanne Miller, Health Services Coordinator 207-230-6224

Moving with Music!       
Come join us in this joyful dance program designed for people with movement difficulties.  

These dance classes are a combination of being led in dynamic movements, accessible dance steps, and opportunities to experience one’s natural movement and creativity. Whether standing or sitting, all ability levels can benefit; bring your canes, walkers and wheelchairs. The movements and the dance steps are selected and modified specifically for people with movement difficulties, and can be adapted according to each individual’s ability. 
 
Bring a family member or care partner if you need extra assistance. (They report that they benefit from this program too!)
  
The Residence at Tall Pines 24 Martin Lane, Belfast, ME 04915
Contact: Julie Peavey, Activities Director, 201-930-7031
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2010, 1:00 – 2:00
Cost: $5/class (Preregistration is not required, though appreciated.)

Dancing With Parkinson's
 
August 2008 - August 2009
Middletown and New Haven, CT

Ask about new classes in other areas in midcoast Maine.
We can bring this class to your town too!
Contact Katie Tranzillo at katiet @ joyfuldancing.com about your area.