Hubbard Street Adaptive Dance Programs

For more than 15 years Hubbard Street’s Education, Youth and Community Programs have created inclusive classrooms where everyone is welcome to dance. Our Adaptive Dance Program focuses on participants’ strengths — on their talents and potential, as they learn to see themselves as we see them: dancers and choreographers. The Adaptive Dance Program currently includes The Parkinson’s Project (the Midwest’s oldest dance program for Parkinson’s patients), The Autism Project, and Physically Integrated Dance. These weekly classes highlight concepts of the choreographic process, established dance techniques, and improvisation skills. Both The Autism Project and Physically Integrated Dance are pilot programs, with classes beginning in Summer 2014.

Kathryn Humphreys, Director of Education & Community Programs, explains the Parkinson's Project, "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, please email adaptivedance@hubbardstreetdance.com.

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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 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."

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 not cost for these classes, the program is completely underwritten by our generous sponsors.

2014-15 CLASS SCHEDULE
2014 Fall Session
MONDAYS, 2 pm – 3:15 pm
September 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17, 24
December 1, 8, 15, 22 (No class December 29)

THURSDAYS, 2 pm – 3:15 pm
September 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20 (No class on November 27)
December 4, 11, 18 (No class on December 25)

THIRD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH, 2 pm – 3:15 pm
September 20
October 18
November 15
December 20

Winter Break
No classes from January 1 through March 15, 2015

2015 Spring Session
MONDAYS, 2 pm – 3:15 pm
March 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18 (No class May 25)

THURSDAYS, 2 pm – 3:15 pm
March 19, 26
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28

THIRD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH, 2 pm – 3:15 pm
March 21
April 18
May 16

2015 Summer Session
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY
June 1, 3, 5
June 8, 10, 11
Saturday, June 13 Final Family Celebration Day

Open House and Welcome Event
Date TBD
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.

Please contact the Education & Community Programs department at adaptivedance@hubbardstreetdance.com or 312-850-9744, ext. 149 to register.

Hubbard Street will pilot The Autism Project in Summer 2014. Adaptive Dance Programs curricula are being developed and advised by Hubbard Street Education Programs staff alongside Joshua Krasne, Visiting Assistant Director of the Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays at the University of Illinois; Susan D. Imus, Chair of Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies; organizations including Rush Orthopedics, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite Project; and other experts in relevant fields.

Hubbard Street’s Adaptive Dance Programs will also draw from findings and research gathered from work with students on the autism spectrum, with Asperger’s and sensory processing issues, and with physical and extreme emotional disabilities, during long-term, successful past residencies at Near North Special Education Center, in the Oak Park School District, and in Chicago Public Schools.

Summer 2014 Class Schedule
July 9 – August 6, 2014
Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Concurrent parent workshops will be held during two program dates.

Class Outline
All classes will follow a similar structure, to provide continuity and promote comfort through routine for students. RCADD will develop social stories and visual schedules for all students in the class, as well as general visual schedules for each class. There will be a 3:1 ratio of students to teachers, with two Lead Teaching Artists and one Assistant. Classes will utilize aspects of Hubbard Street’s Creative Movement Curriculum, modified as needed to ensure comfort and success for all students. These classes are not therapy (although therapeutic benefits may be gained), but are regular dance classes, modified as needed to ensure student success. The general curriculum for the five week session will be as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. BrainDance Warm Up
    1. Introduce Daily Theme and Vocabulary
    2. Go through the 8-step warm up
    3. Across the floor
    4. Closure, cool down

Two parent workshops/discussions will be held during class times. One will be facilitated by Hubbard Street staff, one by RCADD staff.

Hubbard Street will pilot Physically Integrated Dance Workshops in summer 2014. Designed to be similar to a general dance class, the workshops will be modified as needed to ensure comfort and success for all students. As a wide variety of physical disabilities may be present in the class, each student will be assisted in understanding how to move through the class as needed.  This pilot course will be taught by Sarah Cullen Fuller, founding Teaching Artist for The Parkinson’s Project and former Hubbard Street Dancer.  Adaptive Dance Programs curricula are being developed and advised by Hubbard Street Education Programs staff alongside Joshua Krasne, Visiting Assistant Director of the Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays at the University of Illinois; Susan D. Imus, Chair of Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies; organizations including Rush Orthopedics, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Red Kite Project; and other experts in relevant fields.

Summer 2014 Class Schedule
June 11 - 25, 2014
Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Join Us!

If you are interested in joining us for one of Hubbard Street's Adaptive Dance Programs, please complete and submit a registration form.


The Autism Project

Current class session is full. Fall dates coming soon.


Physically Integrated Dance

Current class session is full. Fall dates coming soon.
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