Technical training
in a
creative and supportive environment

  Danspace and PD® Active in association with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group offer Dance For PD®

Holidays & Vacations:

No Classes On These Days

Fall Holidays

Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day: Monday, October 10th
Thanksgiving Break: Monday, November 21st - Saturday, November 26th
Winter Break: Monday, December 19th - Sunday, January 1st - Classes resume Monday, January 2nd
MLK Holiday: Monday, January 16th

Spring Holidays

President's Week Break: Monday, February 20 - Saturday, February 25th
Spring Break: Monday, April 3rd - Saturday, April 8th
Easter Sunday: April 16th, 2017
Memorial Day: Monday, May 29th

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About The Class

DFPD Class Greeting PhotoThese classes are appropriate for anyone with PD, no matter how advanced. No dance experience is necessary. The classes combine elements of modern dance, ballet, hula, butoh, and social dancing to create an enjoyable, stimulating, non-pressured artistic experience for people with PD. Dance for PD® started as a a unique collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, a chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation. The Dance for PD® teaching method is built on one fundamental premise: professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge is useful to persons with PD. Dancers know about stretching and strengthening muscles, and about balance and rhythm. Most importantly, dancers know how to use their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears and touch to control their movements. While dancing, whether in chairs, at a barre, or standing, everyone in the class explores comfortable dance movements in an enjoyable, non-pressured, social environment in which live music energizes, enriches and empowers.

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Weekly Classes:

Thursdays from 10:30-11:45am


Yasmine Oiknine, Claudine Naganuma, Mary Armentrout and Freesia Paclebar Huth. Live musical accompaniment by Roz Aronson.

To Register:

Please call: (510) 479-6119 or email

Space is limited and registration is required.

About the instructors:

CLAUDINE NAGANUMA is the Managing Director of Danspace and choreographer and creative director of dNaga. She started teaching dance for Parkinson's in 2008 and premiered "PEACE about Life; Dancing with Parkinson's" in 2010. For more information please visit

YASMINE OIKNINE was born in Casablanca, Morocco. She has toured internationally as well as performed in numerous variety TV shows, movies and music videos with such artists as David Soul and Paula Abdul, Kylie Minogue, The Village people and James Brown. She's been teaching and choreographing for the past 20 years in France, Luxembourg and Boston.

MARY ARMENTROUT is a teacher, choreographer, dancer, and Feldenkrais Practitioner, and the director of the Mary Armentrout Dance Theater (MADT). Starting to dance at age three, she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1985. Over the years she has taught movement and dance of many varieties to people from ages 4 to 60+. Her understanding of movement and the human body is informed by her decades of study of Contemporary Modern Dance, Ballet, Butoh, Aikido, Authentic Movement, Alexander Technique, and of course the Feldenkrais Method. She teaches on-going classes in the Bay Area, in festivals and intensives, and recently taught master classes at universities in Louisiana, England, and China. Mary has been studying ballet with Beth Hoge since 1987 and has been teaching at Danspace since 1996. Her eclectic background combined with a profound respect for the Corvino Approach and a creative integration of Feldenkrais principles make her classes inviting and accessible to adults who have never danced, as well as those returning after a long absence, and to dancers of all backgrounds looking to clarify the role of ballet in their practice.

FREESIA PACLEBAR HUTH has been dancing in the Bay Area since she was three. A native San Franciscan, she was a competitive ice skater in her youth, performing atop the Emporium-Capwell building in their yearly rooftop ice show. She is a founding member of Patricia Reedy and Dancers, and has performed with Colette Bisher-Choate, Unbound Spirit, George Latimer, New York choreographer, David Rousseve's Reality Company, Purple Moon Dance Project and numerous Bay Area choreographers. Freesia has studied yoga and teaches Tai Chi to adults. She is one of the original partners of Luna Kids Dance, a developmentally based dance school and education program for teachers, where she taught in the children's program for 11 years. She has choreographed for Berkeley Repertory Theater and the California Shakespeare Festival.

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The school has been residing at its location in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, California since 1985.
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