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Dance for Parkinson's SA Teachers' Congress 2019

The 29th-30th March saw 12 Dance for Parkinson's SA (DPSA) teachers gathering in Pinelands, Cape Town, for our first ever Teachers' Congress. This CPD event, sponsored by Ranbaxy, a division of Sumpharma, was an opportunity for teachers to connect, share creativity, brainstorm solutions to challenges faced in classes and be updated on the latest developments within DPSA.

Valuable discussions took place informally, too, around meals and tea breaks with teachers freely sharing their experiences with their colleagues. The end result was a cohesive team excitedly heading back to their home towns with renewed vigour and increased passion for the programme. We are sure their classes are going to reap the rewards of this valuable time spent together. Thank you Sunpharma.

Some of the teachers pose with their bags sponsored by Sunpharma


5 new teachers were trained at a very successful Teacher Training course held in December 2018

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From Dance for PD® - New York

New Streamed Class Now Available!

Join us as we continue our season of streamed Dance for PD® classes from the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY.

No registration required—just click below.

Class is taught by David Leventhal, Dance for PD® Program Director and founding teacher
Music by Peter Freisinger.

We'll release a new class to stream the last Wednesday of every month.


About David Leventhal

David Leventhal was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) from 1997-2010. During that time, he appeared in more than 40 of Mark Morris’ dances, He performed principal roles in The Hard Nut, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, on Motifs of Shakespeare. He received a 2010 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for his performance career with MMDG. He has taught technique and repertory classes for students of all ages at schools and universities in the U.S. and abroad, including UCLA, University of Michigan, Harvard University, The Juilliard School, University of Washington, University of Illinois, American Dance Festival and the Governor’s School for the Arts (Virginia) among others. David is Program Director and one of the founding teachers of MMDG’s Dance for PD® program, which offers weekly classes for people with Parkinson’s throughout New York City, fosters similar classes in more than 300 communities in 25 countries around the world, and presents acclaimed training workshops for teachers interested in leading Dance for PD® classes. He received the 2018 Martha Hill Dance Fund Mid-Career Artist Award, the 2016 World Parkinson Congress Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson community and the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award. He’s co-produced three volumes of a successful At Home DVD series for the program and has been instrumental in initiating and designing innovative projects involving live streaming and Moving Through Glass, a dance-based Google Glass App for people with Parkinson’s. He is in demand as a speaker at international conferences and symposiums, and has spoken about the intersection of dance, Parkinson’s and health at the Lincoln Center Global Exchange, Edinburgh International Culture Summit, University of Michigan, Rutgers, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Brown, Stanford, Columbia, Georgetown, Tufts, and Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Ličge (Belgium), and Peking Union Medical Center, among others. Leventhal designed and currently teaches a pioneering dance-based elective course that is part of the Narrative Medicine curriculum at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Raised in Newton, Mass., he trained at Boston Ballet School and attended Brown University where he received a B.A. in English Literature.


About Peter Freisinger

Peter Freisinger received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Indiana University at Bloomington. He studied orchestral conducting at the Pierre Monteux School, and at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, earning a Masters and Doctorate.

Click here to read Peter's complete bio.

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