Oklahoma City Ballet has proudly partnered with the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma for our program Dance for Parkinson’s. We aim to provide a fun and social setting for those living with Parkinson’s disease to work on their motor functions.
Dancing has been proven to be an effective way for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s to work to improve motility and balance. Our hour-long classes guide participants through different dance movements by sitting, standing, or moving across the floor.
Dance for Parkinson’s in-person classes have resumed at our Susan E. Brackett Dance Center with social distancing guidelines in place. Class times are every Monday 1:00-2:00 and Thursday 2:00-3:00. Please contact Community Engagement Manager Stephanie Pitts at Stephanie@okcballet.org or (405)208-8881 if you wish to attend.
Due to the closure of the Ballet’s facility and other participating sites, Dance for Parkinson’s is suspended at this time to ensure the safety of our participants and staff. We hope to be dancing with our friends again soon. Watch for announcements on our website and social media in the coming weeks.
“My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 10 years ago. As I watched the disease progress, I longed for a way to use my skills to impact his life and others like him. It’s nothing short of a miracle to watch people in the class literally transform in front of my eyes. The amazing support of the community and the space available at the Susan E. Brackett Dance Center has made it possible for me and my amazing Parkinson’s dancers and I’m so thankful.”
— Erica Portell, Dance for Parkinson’s class instructor at Oklahoma City Ballet