From January 2022, Queens Theater is partnering with the Mark Morris Dance Group to present its internationally acclaimed Dance for PD program in English and Mandarin, making its adaptive dance program for people with Parkinson’s accessible to millions of people speaking Mandarin. with global mobility issues.
The free classes – held twice a month starting Sunday, January 9, 2022 – will take place in person and can be viewed online. They are open to people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, friends and care partners, and anyone with mobility issues. . All classes will be bilingual in Mandarin and English, and future bilingual classes in Spanish and English are scheduled to begin in March 2022.
Classes will be held on Sundays at 2 p.m. ET on January 9 and 23, February 13 and 27, and March 13 and 27. For more information, visit https://queenstheatre.org/event/dance-for-pd-en-mandarin/2022-01-09/ or https://danceforparkinsons.org/.
In each class, participants engage with a teaching artist and each other during a 50-minute movement session based on ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz, traditional cultural dance forms and repertoire of the Mark Morris company. During the pandemic, the courses moved to a virtual format and attracted more than 2,000 participants from 38 countries around the world. Celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, Dance for PD now reaches over 10,000 participants worldwide through its affiliate network and online. Dance for PD in Mandarin is led by specially trained instructors Coco Cao, Nico Li and Jun Zhou. Each session includes a welcome and introduction, a 50-minute movement experience tailored to the mobility issues often associated with Parkinson’s disease, and small group conversation time. All classes are accompanied by live music.
“It has been a long-standing goal for our program to break down language barriers for participation in our classes and better engage the diverse Parkinson’s community of New York City and beyond,” said Maria Portman Kelly. , Dance for PD Programs and Engagement Manager. “Our Mandarin PD dance classes are not just a translated experience, but an exploration and celebration of China’s dynamic and unique dance, movement and music cultures.”
“We are incredibly fortunate to partner with the Mark Morris Dance Group to present Dance for PD,” said Queens Theater General Manager Taryn Sacramone. “At Queens Theater we believe that the well-documented benefits of dance and music should be available to everyone. We are proud to be associated with such an inclusive program.”
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