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!
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
We are excited to come back to in-person classes when it is safe to do so.
We have classes in the following locations:
The Electric Lodge
LA Star Dance Studio
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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!
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.
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.
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.
A dance developed by Dancing Through Parkinson’s members and created with the support of the Pina Bausch Foundation.
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!
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
MFT, specializing in chronic illnesses
LA County Supervisor
President of City Council
Councilman District 13
PT DTP Movement Disorder Therapist, Reactive Physical Therapy
Director, University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine
UCLA Center for Healthier Children Families & Communities
MS Head of Enrichment and Special Projects, Exceptional Children’s Foundation Kayne Eras Center School
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
And many thanks to the following foundations and funders for support of recent Dancing Through Parkinson’s programming.
National Arts & Disability Center