Well, I’ve meant to get a new blog written for a some time but I’ve been waylaid….

I’m choreographing new work, consulting on projects, studying, and teaching dance.  Recently I’ve been in New York to meet and dance with Parkinson’s Dance teachers from across the country and world to develop and explore our own dance technique and our approaches to teaching dance to people who are navigating the challenges of having Parkinson’s disease. While in New York I saw several dance performances including the good-bye to the magnificent French dancer Sylvie Guillem who bid her farewell to performing.

Closer to home, I was in Flagstaff for a Parkinson’s Dance master class and sessions with the Northern Arizona University dance students and students from the graduate Physical Therapy program. I’ve been teaching several Parkinson’s Dance classes each week and talking with people about starting Parkinson’s Dance classes in Tucson and Prescott.

Our friends and family Thanksgiving celebrations included toddlers to sixty year olds dancing together. This month I’m beginning work with a consortium of International schools ,The Common Ground Collaborative, developing discipline standards, understanding goals, and teaching approaches in dance.

Dance is everywhere – in schools and neurological wellness and movement centers, in University classrooms, on stage. I’ve been so busy making, watching, and teaching dance I haven’t had a chance recently to write about it. And that, at least in part,is the point. Dance has a vibrant presence throughout our culture and society. We dance in our homes, in our communities, on our own, with one another. Maybe we dance with music, maybe we are accompanied by our ideas and questions. As I advocate for dance’s greater presence in art, school, health, fitness and community life dance confirms its importance in so many ways. Dance. Do it for fun. Do it for expression. Do it for health, for meaning, for learning. Do it.

Alison Marshall

Dance for PD

Sylvie Guillem

Common Ground Collaborative

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