ANYONE CAN DANCE

Sit Down and Move!

ANYONE CAN DANCE invites you--no matter your age or physical ability, to consider dance as a beneficial and delicious way to recapture your sense of self and have a lot more fun than you have in a long time.

Patterned on the template of Dance for PD®, developed in collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson's Group, ANYONE CAN DANCE is a program for those who never danced before or who don't care if they're doing pirouettes, the Shim Sham or a Bob Fosse jazz routine. These classes begin in a chair, move to a support (a barre or chair back) and then proceed across the floor - with the most varied and eclectic music Judith can offer!

What Goes On In Class?

Most of the dances are designed to be done either sitting or standing, depending on the strength and inclination of the dancer. Many students start out in the chair and progress to getting up unassisted and/or moving across the floor. 

There’s a final element to the classes that can’t be measured, and that is JOY. Many people say that the power of dance makes them look forward to getting up in the morning, or that they find themselves dancing to the radio, even on a day when they feel achy or tired. 


    

ANYONE CAN DANCE® is derived from the format and methodology of Dance for Parkinsons. Information available at www.danceforparkinsons.org. We are deeply grateful to The Parkinson Council of Philadelphia and the Aaron Family Fund for Movement, who make our local Dance for PD classes possible.

These classes follow the template of traditional ballet or modern classes, using adaptive choreography that can be done in a chair, supported behind a chair or at a barre, or moving across the floor. In addition to steel-case chairs, props such as scarves, tambourines and maracas, hats and canes provide an additional challenge of coordination as we as the sheen of professionalism. Some classes work toward performance, but that is not a requirement for every dancer!

We experiment with many forms of dance, including ballet, tap, modern, jazz, Flamenco, ballroom, square dance, soft shoe, and folk dances from around the world. The music we use—Big Band, Swing, Motown, Broadway (and sometimes classical) evokes an era well known to those in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.