DANCING THROUGH PARKINSONS

Dance is an elixir to what ails us, and it stirs up joy when our bodies & minds get stuck. DTP awaits you!

NEW ONLINE PROGRAMMING! JOIN US!

Come dance alone together once a week on DTP Zoom.
Keep the joy of dance alive.

DTP Weekly Zoom Class: Thursdays 1:30- 2:30pm

RECENT CLASSES

Start From the Heart

A Spoonful of Dance

Tea for All

“Without dance, I would have lost my mind by now! Rigid muscles would have taken over. I encourage everyone to put on some music they love and just move!”

– Jeanie McNamara

Just took a class? Want to donate?

We are excited to come back to in-person classes when it is safe to do so.
We have classes in the following locations:

Venice
The Electric Lodge

Inglewood
Magic Circle

Beverly Hills
The Wallis

Culver City
Culver/Palms YMCA

Tarzana
LA Star Dance Studio

Contact Info

Cost: By Donation
Drop-ins and regulars welcome

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Dancing Through Parkinsons

Dancing Through Parkinson’s builds hope, community, and well-being through the joy of dance. The program is designed specifically to aid people with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions through a unique sequencing of different forms of dance and movement. 

A lively, loyal group of dancers have been returning to our classes since the program was created in 2011. This ongoing community program is a vital pulse in the heartbeat of Invertigo Dance Theatre. Our big-hearted and highly-trained teaching artists create new classes each weekly. Along with our community engagement team, DTP offers exciting dance projects throughout the year. Come join us, the joy spilleth over!

  • Is dance for you? DTP is open to everyone. No dance experience required! As long as you have a chair to sit in or a place to stand, you can dance with us.
  • People of all ages and backgrounds with: PD, mobility challenges, neurological conditions, physical stasis and/or the desire to dance! 
  • Families, friends and caregivers are highly encouraged to dance with us!

 

Benefits of DTP

Physical Stability • Better Balance • Mental Clarity • Grace • Creativity • Enhanced Well-being • Joy.

Dancing Through Life

Dancing Through Life is an extension of Dancing Through Parkinson’s — the curriculum is designed to reach wider and sometimes specific communities. DTL classes we are working on developing: LGBTQ seniors, a Veterans class, returning to DTL-Inglewood post covid!

WHAT’S NEW

BILINGUAL DTP

The newest wing of DTP is a Bilingual class taught in Spanish. Classes designed for and with the Latina/o community, coming this fall! Funded by grants from the National Arts & Disability Center and the California Arts Council.

INTERGENERATIONAL

Through performance projects, DTP partners up with the youth from Invert/ED to tell intergenerational stories through dance.

PERFORMANCE WING OF DTP

Every week in class the DTP dancers, dance. We also perform as a community: a dance created with a song by a DTP-Tarzana dancer, DTP Chorus – a rhythm choreography project, the Kitchen Table Project & more!

DTL IN INGLEWOOD

Invertigo partnered up with Magic Circle Adult Day Health Care to bring Dancing Through Life to Inglewood. Classes are suspended — we can’t wait to start dancing with our Inglewood dancers again.

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OUR GALLERY

Take a glimpse into our DTP worlds.

DTP MEDIA

CRANE DANCE

This video was made by members of our Dancing Through Parkinson’s program for the 2019 World Parkinson Congress which just took place in Kyoto, Japan. One of our teachers and a board member were at the Congress!

Optimist: Micro-Documentary (2019)

Micro-Documentary about the transformation that Invertigo’s Dance Through Parkinson’s program incites in our community’s day to day lives. Participants in the video are from multiple DTP sites. This demonstrates the type of class that will be supported by project activities.

NELKEN LINE

A dance developed by Dancing Through Parkinson’s members and created with the support of the Pina Bausch Foundation.

MEET THE TEAM

DANCER’S SPOTLIGHT

Brian Tagomori (DTP Tarzana)

Brian has played the guitar since the age of eleven, and his music has graced our DTP classes, led by his instructor Heidi Buehler, at the LA Star Dance Studio in Tarzana. Brian feels as though his days of playing are numbered, “It’s both my escapism and my reality check. When I’m playing guitar, I feel transported to living out that young dream of worry free rock stardom.” His lyrics took on a whole new meaning for him when the participants danced to his music in class, giving him a sense of community on a new artistic level. DTP is excited to collaborate with Brian on an upcoming DTP-Zoom song project. Brian, we are honored to have you.

Ross and Rochelle Caballero
(DTP Culver City)

Ross became depressed when he was diagnosed in 2015. The first people that came to his mind were his beloved children and wife, Rochelle. Specialists were not providing hopeful news, and the family braced themselves for new life. In 2018, Ross and Rochelle met Laura Karlin who introduced them to DTP. “Now, you have to understand my love-hate relationship with dancing: love to watch other people doing it – hate to do it myself,” he says. Ross had a history of dance instructors telling him he had two left feet and didn’t see dance as an avenue for him. However, at DTP our motto is There are no mistakes in dance, only solos! Soon Ross immersed himself in the dances, which provided assistance in balance, coordination, gait, and cognitive skills. He attends DTP with his wife Rochelle, who doesn’t have PD but thoroughly enjoys the classes. We love having you both in class!

ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Jeff Bronstein
Neurologist, PD and Movement Disorders, UCLA

Dr. Michele Tagliati
Neurologist, PD, and director of the Movement Disorders Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Jeffrey Grant
Internist, cedars- Sinai

Carol Kaye
MFT, specializing in chronic illnesses

Mark Ridley-Thomas
LA County Supervisor

Mitch Englander
President of City Council

Mitch O’Farrell
Councilman District 13

Mike Feuer
City Attorney

Ali Elder
PT DTP Movement Disorder Therapist, Reactive Physical Therapy

Jill Sonke
Director, University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine

Vickie Kropenske
UCLA Center for Healthier Children Families & Communities

Francziska Steafall
MS Head of Enrichment and Special Projects, Exceptional Children’s Foundation Kayne Eras Center School

DTP PRESS LIST

NPR
Dance Returns The ‘Joy of Movement’ To People With Parkinsons

Telemundo
Enfermos de Párkinson “danzan a su propio ritmo

Patch
Dancing Through Parkinson’s Keeps Moving On Zoom

CURRENT FUNDERS

This organization is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles City Department of Cultural Affairs, the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

California Arts Council

Los Angeles County Development Authority

Parkinson’s Foundation