Dance for PD®
AFTER 13 YEARS, BMDC BEQUEATHS ITS DANCE FOR PD PROGRAM
The Company closed out its 25th and final season on September 14, 2021 at The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. As part of the show, our long-time PD partner, David Leventhal of Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD program announced our partnerships with The Kennedy Center, George Mason University’s School of Dance and Maryland Youth Ballet to continue free Dance for Parkinson’s Disease (Dance for PD®) classes.
Securing a future for BMDC’s Dance for PD Program was an organizational priority in the nonprofit’s dissolution plan (effective October 31, 2021). The continuation of the PD programs demonstrates Lucy Bowen’s lasting commitment to serving the Parkinson’s Disease community.
“It was important to me that people living with Parkinson’s continue to have easy access across the entire DC Metro area. To partner with these three iconic institutions in the DC Metro region is an absolute dream, and will ensure that the program lives on into the next generation.,” said Lucy Bowen.
More of a “third act” to her career than a retirement, Lucy Bowen’s first task after the October 31, 2021 closure of BMDC will be training teaching artists to help lead these FREE classes at all three locations. Notably, the partnership with George Mason will integrate Dance for PD instruction into the dance education curriculum, ensuring that the next generation of dancers can carry on this important work.
THE FALL 2021 DANCE FOR PD SCHEDULE
Maryland Youth Ballet
(In-Studio and via Zoom)
926 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD
Tuesday: 2:30 – 3:45 PM
The Kennedy Center at the REACH Studio J
2700 F Street, NW
Wednesday: 2:30 – 3:45 PM
George Mason University School of Dance
deLaski Performing Arts Building
4400 University Drive
Friday: 1:00 – 2:15 PM