Hubbard Street 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. Part of Hubbard Street's extensive community program offerings, these classes are taught by Sarah Cullen Fuller (Founding Teaching Artist and former Hubbard Street dancer) and Kristen Gurbach Jacobson (Hubbard Street Youth and Family Programs Manager). 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 Education & 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."

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.'"

Questions? For more information about class content or schedule, please contact Kristen Gurbach Jacobson, Youth and Family Programs Manager and Parkinson's Project Teaching Artist at 312-850-9744 ext. 149 or email at

Support the program: Lend your support by making a tax-free charitable contribution today.

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 14, 2013 – May 26, 2014 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.

2013–14 Class Schedule
Weekly classes meet every Monday and Thursday from 2:00-3:15pm beginning on Monday, September 16, 2013.

Please note there are no Monday classes on the following dates: November 25, December 23 and 30, January 27 and April 14. There are no Thursday classes on November 28, December 26, January 2 and 30, and April 17.

Monthly classes meet on the following Saturdays from 2:00-3:15pm
September 14, 2013
October 19, 2013
November 16, 2013 - Open House and Welcome Day
January 18, 2014
February 15, 2014
March 15, 2014
April 26, 2014
May 17, 2014
May 24, 2014 - Final Day/Celebration

Please note there are is no Saturday class on December 21 or April 19.

Open House and Welcome Event
Saturday, November 16, 2:00-3:15pm
Come and try a class, meet our teaching artists and learn more about our program. Although the program is open enrollment all year-long, this is a special opportunity to experience Hubbard Street's Parkinson's Project first-hand.

Class dates run year-round with scheduled breaks. Please contact the Education & Community Programs department at 312-850-9744, ext. 149 if you are interested in attending a class.


Join Us!

If you are interested in joining us for a Hubbard Street Parkinson’s Project class, please complete and submit a registration form. Hubbard Street is pleased to offer the Parkinson’s Project at no cost to participants.