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.

2017-18 Class Schedule 

Fall Session: September 5 – December 21, 2017

Spring Session: March 6 – June 21, 2018

Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30pm or Thursdays 10:30–11:30am

Free, arrive 15 minutes early to register.

What class participants are saying:

"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."