Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is proud to offer the oldest Parkinson's dance program in the Midwest. 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.
"It’s exhilarating. We learn to do things we never considered before, enjoy each other’s company and support. We end the day with a firmer stride and an improved outlook.”
"Here’s our reflection: As participants in the Parkinson’s Project for 8 years, we have experienced joy and energy in a loving community, enabling us to be confident dancers!”
"The instructors are tirelessly encouraging and supportive. The exercises increase range of motion, get you using muscles and joints that PD stiffens and cripples with tremors, and reminds you that, in spite of PD you are still a creative, expressive and physically capable person. You’ll also interact and dance with other friendly and encouraging PD sufferers. Besides medication, exercise is the best hope for slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease and PD dance at Hubbard Street Dance is an excellent option. Give it a try."
Sarah Cullen Fuller is an educator, dancer, and choreographer who is dedicated to the transformative power of dance. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Sarah began her career in dance performance working with the Joffrey and Boston Ballets, and has spent the past fifteen years with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as a main company performer, stager, educator, faculty member of the Professional Program, and Founder of The Parkinson’s Project.
Sarah has served on the ad hoc committee for the Adaptive Dance Program at HSDC, was a co-teacher of EveryBody Can Dance, and was a speaker at the National Dance Education Foundation seminar in 2014. In addition to her work with alternative dance populations, Sarah has had the great pleasure of teaching and choreographing for many professional dance companies including Visceral Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Momenta, Cerqua Rivera Dance Company, DanceWorks Chicago, and Of Moving Colors Baton Rouge.
On faculty since 2012, Anne Kasdorf has taught across Hubbard Street's Education and Community Programs and previously served as Early Childhood and Adaptive Dance Faculty Head for the organization's Youth Program. Anne is in her 15th season with The Space Movement Project as a performer and choreographer and oversees company operations as Managing Director. She performed with Zephyr Dance from 2005-2012 and has appeared with dropshift dance and in Wili Dorner's Bodies in Urban Space. Anne is a freelance development consultant and writer and holds a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from Ohio University. She is the Education Program Manager for South Chicago Dance Theatre.
Thank you for joining us for the 4-week Spring Session of the Hubbard Street Parkinson's Project! Class recordings can be found below.