Building on last year’s successful launch of World Dance for Parkinson’s Day, twenty-three dance organizations from 16 countries came together again to honor World Parkinson’s Day on April 11th. That celebration will be followed by International Dance Day, celebrated each year on April 29.  The richness, power, and impact of dance is showing up everywhere; in cities and communities across the United States and Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa,  and Australia…. We celebrated the day in our Parkinson’s dance class by dancing a little Tango ( Argentina) and the Tarantella (Italy). We included some dance improvisations and crossed the studio floor to the music of St. Germain, ( France)  Los Lobos ( US)  and Baaba Maal (Senegal).

One of the dancers was waiting for class to begin by rolling out some tight muscles with a spiky ball ( A friend came in and sat down next to him.” How are you this morning?“, she asked. “Man, I can’t even reach down and tie my shoes today,” he said. “Oh, would you like me to tie them”? his friend responded. “Sure,” he replied. “Will do” she answered, “you’ll just need to help me up from the floor afterward.” We laughed, finding humor in the shared understanding and wonderful give and take of the moment. We smiled at the spirit of collaboration and community that is a part of all the dances we dance together. Our end of class reverence included a shout out for all the Parkinson’s Dancers across the globe. Here’s to teamwork in all its forms.

Alison Marshall


Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal:

St Germain:

Los Lobos:

Dance for Parkinson’s:

A celebration of International Dance Day

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