Dance for Parkinson’s Oregon presents
Access Dance Festival
February 15th – 21st 2021
A celebratory event for dance instructors and dance students with visible and non-visible disabilities to discover, explore, and integrate best practices for teaching and learning the art of dance and choreography.
“Thank you very much for you and your team in organising and executing this festival. It’s the first time I’ve actually been a dancer in a festival like this, especially as a dancer with disability. Very inspiring, interesting and great to see other people on the screen too”.
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Playfulness Skills for your Daily Life and Business. Saturday March. 27th, 2021. 1:00pm-3:30pm EST
Experience the transformative power of Playfulness in this workshop that will provide you with practical actions to live your life in a more playful, empowered and resilient way.
Our session uses playfulness as the match to ignite the imagination and creativity of those who believe in the importance of having daily fun and joy, creative entrepreneurs and sole traders, business owners and parents.
Using exercises, visualisations, and Q&A we will discover how to infuse more playful elements into your daily activities, the connection with yourself, others and your business/work.
At the end of the workshop, you will leave with a new sense of connection and understanding of your playful self. You will have the ability to heal your heart, recharge your energies and the freedom of having experience who you really are!
“I learnt from Saras that you can find a way to discover and recover and learn to come to terms with things that happen to you in your life“.
Thank you so much, Shoomee for such a great and inspiring interview!
“Kitty Lunn’s class was both highly practical for my teaching and soaringly inspirational. This is a rare combination”.
Thank you so much, Joshua Easter! It was such a joy to take part of your interview.
“I really liked ‘Make your Dance Classes and Projects Accessible with Audio Description workshop. It was so informative and beautifully paced. Thank you”.
SPECIAL GUEST - KITTY LUNN
The Joy of Transposing Dance with Infinity Dance Theater - FOR DANCE TEACHERS. Sat. Feb. 20th, 2021. 1:00 -2:30pm PST. - FOR DANCE STUDENTS. Sat. Feb 20th, 2021. 11:00am-12:30pm
“Listen to the dancer in your heart. He or she will show you the way”.
While preparing for her first Broadway show in 1987 Kitty Lunn (Artistic Director of Infinity) slipped on ice, fell down a flight of stairs and broke her back. Now a paraplegic, she uses a wheelchair and works diligently on behalf of performing artists with disabilities.
As a steward of the art of dance, Kitty will teach and demonstrate how she transposes the dance styles of Graham, Horton, and Classical Ballet as well as Qi Going and Reiki techniques onto dancers with visible and non-visible disabilities. In this class, there will be live accompaniment by William Catanzaro.
PD Movement Lab - Feb 16, 2021. 11 AM (PST)
A movement class for people with Parkinson’s Disease set to a wide variety of music and taught by Pamela Quinn, PD patient for over 25 years.
The class will provide a detailed description of PD symptoms (various difficulties with walking, freezing, festination, posture, sitting/standing, balance, etc.) by describing how Parkinson’s affects our mobility and what we can do to manage it.
The class draws from dance movement and sports drills and uses imagery and rhythm to facilitate movement. It aims to be educational, restorative and fun!
No prior movement experience is required. All are welcome.
Make Your Dance Classes and Projects Accessible with Audio Description. Feb 20, 2021 9:00 AM (PST)
What can dance instructors do to improve the experience of their students who are sight impaired?
Increase the diversity of your classes and artistic projects through descriptive language. Explore audio description, a method of making visual elements accessible through verbal cues, along with ways to make your studio, production, virtual and physical classroom more welcoming and inclusive for people who are blind or partially sighted.
Burn Out and Boundaries - Tips from the Therapist’s Chair for Dance Instructors. Feb 17, 2021 11:30 AM (PST)
“I have met myself and I am going to care for her fiercely” Glennon Doyle.
Tangible ways to hear your own heart when your boundaries are pushed, your mind is depleted, and you are exhausted.
Create concrete self-assessments for daily or 5 year dreams to keep you connected to you and your creative soul. Pursuing and Filtering Feedback from all around you.
Finding your freedom and avoiding burnout in your self created boundaries.
Playfulness Skills for Dance Class and Daily Life. Feb 18, 2021 10:30 AM (PST)
This workshop uses playfulness as the match to ignite the imagination and creativity of dance instructors and their students. Using exercises, visualizations, and Q&A we will discover how to infuse more playful elements into our dance classes and dancing.
In addition, this event will provide you with practical actions to live your life in a more playful, empowered and resilient way. With a new sense of connection and understanding of your playful self you will have the ability to heal your heart and recharge your energies.
Closed captioning is available for all classes, at this time ASL is not available
Co-Founder, Instructor Dance for Parkinson’s Oregon
Co-Founder, Instructor Dance
for Parkinson’s Oregon
Dance for Parkinson’s
With Assistant Director
Artistic Director, International Playfulness Festival
This position is supported by the
Federation of Scottish Theatre Director Placement Bursary with Funding from Creative Scotland
With Assistant Director
Supported by the