The Parkinson’s Project

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is proud to offer the oldest Parkinson's dance program in the Midwest, Hubbard Street Parkinson's Project. The program uses contemporary dance techniques to work to slow the progress of the disease, as well as providing a community of support for our students.


Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder with symptoms such as tremors, muscle rigidity, slowness in movement, and postural instability. Live musical accompaniment, dance, and a positive atmosphere help our participants improve mobility and overall well-being.

Kathryn Humphreys, Director of Youth, Education, and Community Programs, explains about the program, "This is a dance class that combines the artistry of dance with live music to encourage one's natural instincts for movement and the benefits that movement can produce physically and socially. It's an opportunity for participants and their loved ones to do something fun together."

All Hubbard Street Parkinson's Project dancers explore improvisation, technique and artistry in the long-running class and community. Classes are designed to be drop-in for participants or as multiple opportunities for dancers to meet and learn together. Pre-registration is required for attendance but there is no cost to join.

The Parkinson's Project runs September through June with classes that meet weekly and monthly. Please see the detailed calendar at the bottom of this page for any holidays or breaks when class is not offered. There is no cost for these classes, the program is completely underwritten by our generous sponsors.

Interested in observing a class? Please Register here


Fall Session: September 12 – December 22, 2016
Spring Session: March 2 – June 15, 2017

Mondays or Thursdays 11:15am–12:15pm

Free, arrive 15 minutes early to register.

Click here to view the detailed calendar.

What class participants are saying:

"As we dance together, we forget physical limitations typically associated with Parkinson’s Disease…Instead, we focus on possibilities and find inspiration through the possibilities."

"By challenging me to moves and balances I would never have done on my own, I have been able to expand my physical capacities which had been dormant."

"I move more freely by the end of class, and my movements are more fluid the next day. But aside from improved movement, my spirit is better. I have shown MYSELF that I can do something that in the everyday world people would say 'Stop! You can't do that. You will hurt yourself.'"



Hubbard Street Parkinson's
Project Sponsor