DANCE for PD®

Laura Richling, NMS’s Dance for PD® Administrator

NMS is proud to be the Connecticut affiliate of Dance for PD®, the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed program of The Mark Morris Dance Group. Dance for PD® offers dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease and related neurological disorders through its network of partners and affiliates in more than 300 communities in 25 countries.

COME DANCE WITH US! In Dance for PD® classes, people are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating, and creative. Dance for PD® focuses on developing artistry and grace while addressing concerns specific to people with Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders, such as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, social isolation, and depression.

Participants enjoy artistic and creative expression and the enjoyment of social interactions with others experiencing similar challenges. No dance experience is necessary and walkers, canes, and wheelchairs are welcome. (While many may experience health benefits or the alleviation of symptoms, it should be noted that this program is not intended to be a therapeutic offering.)  

Classes are held weekly and are open to people with any type of movement disorder, their companions, and visitors. Classes are free of charge.

Due to COVID-19, all Dance for PD® classes are currently offered online via Zoom. The weekly schedule:

Rachel Balaban, Dance for PD® Certified Teacher

Mondays: 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Instructor: Laura Richling
To register: Contact Laura at 203-675-2930 or [email protected]

Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Rachel Balaban, Dance for PD® Certified Teacher
To register: Contact Rachel at 401-261-7062 or [email protected]

Fridays: 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Instructor: Laura Richling
To register: Contact Laura at 203-675-2930 or [email protected]


“For an hour and a half, once a week in dance class, I take on a new persona, one without the diagnosis of Parkinson’s. I leave outside the door present limits and anxieties for the future. This is a time to join with others and appreciate to the utmost the respite. Time stands still and I am enveloped in the world of movement, music and a fine-tuned, joyful and funny teacher. I am conscious of the value of each movement that seems simple but is actually encouraging more fluidity and less rigidity. There are no judgments and the underlying message is to do what you are able with joy, laughter, and creativity. I am delighted to focus on the abilities that come forth, the strengths that remain. I walk out the door standing taller, with more external and internal balance and a steadier gait.”
          –Dance for PD®  participant


For more information about NMS’s Dance for PD® classes, please contact Laura Richling, NMS’s Dance for PD® Administrator, at 203-675-2930 or [email protected].

To learn more about the Dance for PD® approach, please visit the Dance for PD® website.

NMS’s Dance for PD® classes are funded by grants and donations, including support from: American Parkinson Disease Association – CT Chapter • Connecticut Parkinson’s Working Group • Frank Loomis Palmer Fund • Guilford Savings Bank • Pfizer • The Thompson Family Foundation

Dance for PD®  and the Dance for PD® logo are trademarks of Mark Morris Dance Group, used under license.