HSDC Parkinson's Project
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is proud to offer the oldest Parkinson's dance program in the Midwest, HSDC 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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All HSDC 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 and there is no cost to join.
The Parkinson's Project runs September 15, 2012 – May 25, 2013 with classes that meet weekly and monthly. Please see detailed calendar for any holidays or breaks when class is not offered.
HSDC Parkinson’s Project 2012 – 13 Class Schedule:
Weekly, September 17, 2012 – May 23, 2013:
Mondays, 2 pm – 3:15 pm
Thursdays, 2 pm – 3:15 pm
Monthly, September 15, 2012 - May 18, 2013
Saturday, 2 pm – 3:15 pm
Every third Saturday of the month, September – May
Class dates run year-round with scheduled breaks. Please contact the Education & Community Programs department at 312-850-9744 x149 if you are interested in attending a class.
If you are interested in joining us for an HSDC Parkinson’s Project class, please complete and submit a registration form. HSDC is pleased to offer the HSDC Parkinson’s Project at no cost to participants.