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BCH Foundation partners with Dance for Parkinson’s

BCH Foundation partners with Dance for Parkinson’s

Boulder Community Health Foundation announces new community partnership with 3rd Law Dance and the Dance for Parkinson's Program

Next class: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, from 10-11 a.m.
Della Cava Family Medical Pavilion - Caruthers Conference Room (first floor)
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The Boulder Community Health Foundation is excited to announce a new grant program with community partner 3rd Law Dance/Theater’s – Dance for Parkinson’s Program (D4PD). This partnership will offer the supportive movement benefits of dance to our patients experiencing mobility concerns.

The D4PD program is offered to people living with Parkinson’s Disease and others who have chronic or acute conditions that inhibit movement. Dance has repeatedly been found to provide clinically meaningful improvements in motor scores for people living with Parkinson’s.

People diagnosed with Parkinson’s can often become isolated and sedentary. The pandemic exacerbated this. Importantly, along with the clinical benefits of movement, the Program offers a sense of community that is highly valued by participants and the friends and family members who join them.

Rosemary, a D4PD participant since 2021 says “The classes are wonderful because they are designed for people with all types of movement abilities, no matter if you have a Parkinson’s diagnosis or not. This class is about more than just a movement class for me – it has created a community.”

Classes are taught by professional dancers, who have been formally trained in the Mark Morris Dance for PD ® method in Brooklyn, NY. The Boulder D4PD program is part of a global network in more than 300 other communities in 25 countries around the world.

Classes are free with in-person or virtual options. Instructors and assistants model and teach the classes from many physical orientations as well, including, standing, sitting, and utilizing chairs for stability. Classes are offered in English and Spanish!

Based on the renowned Dance for PD® methodology, this movement class is for people living with Parkinson’s or anyone with mobility concerns. No dance experience is required. Seated or standing, explore diverse dance styles – and address balance, flexibility, and confidence through joyful physical activity.

About 3rd Law Dance/Theater

3rd Law Dance brings the power, joy and experience of dance and artistic excellence to people of all ages and abilities through the creation and presentation of innovative performances and education.

About the Boulder Community Health Foundation

Established in 1978, the Boulder Community Health (BCH) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Foundation exists to inspire giving in support of BCH to enhance the quality and availability of health care in our community. For over four decades, the generosity of our community has led to more than $75 million raised in support of BCH. Over the past five years, the BCH Foundation has granted $15 million to BCH in support of various capital and programmatic priorities. The Foundation has assets of over $55 million in place to ensure the continued investment in enhancing the quality and availability of health care in our community.