Movement For Parkinson’s

Movement For Parkinson’s Disease is a FREE weekly dance class for people with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and their significant others.  Students explore elements of dance to improve the quality of life through overall physical well-being, social interaction and creative expression, and targeted improvements in balance, strength and mobility.

Program Structure: The Movement For Parkinson’s program is offered on an ongoing weekly basis and is open to people of all ages with PD and their caregivers or significant others.  The program is free and requires no prior dance experience. New participants are welcome to join at any time.

Our FREE weekly class returns for people with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and their care partners. Explore elements of dance to improve balance, strength, and mobility. In accordance with CDC guidelines and our mission of wellness, masks will be required for all instructors and participants (even if COVID-19 vaccinated). We look forward to being able to dance with you in our studios!


IN-PERSON SESSIONS: Wednesdays from 9:45-10:45AM

2021 Session: October 6 – December 8 

2022 Session: January 5 – May 25 (no class April 6 for Spring Break; “Connections” performance Saturday, May 7) 

Location: Charlottesville Ballet Studios
1885 Seminole Trail, Ste. 203
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Parking: Handicapped parking is available in numerous locations around the building.

Zoom Session – Pending Dancer Interest!

Did you love the convenience of taking class without having to leave the house? Charlottesville Ballet may be able to offer an additional Movement For Parkinson’s Zoom class on Tuesdays at 3:00PM. Please email Kathryn Tokar ([email protected]) if interested!

If you have questions about the program or would like to be added to our monthly Movement For Parkinson’s newsletter for updates, please email [email protected].


Program Goals:

  • To help people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders achieve improvements in balance, mobility, coordination, range of motion, posture, quickness, and kinetic awareness
  • To reduce depression, anxiety, isolation, fatigue, pain, and constipation
  • To enhance quality of life by providing regular social interaction with friends and family members
  • To increase motivation and self-confidence through goal-setting and periodic “performance”
  • To encourage engagement in dance as a lifestyle change by including significant others in weekly classes
  • To articulate the benefits of dance for Parkinson’s patients through research