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Dance for PD Resumes this Fall


Dance classes for people affected by Parkinson's disease will resume this fall presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Institute for Arts in Medicine in partnership with Southern Danceworks.


Explore the elements of dance in a non-pressured, enjoyable, energizing social environment. Instructors from Danceworks will address the participant's coordination, strength, and balance. Care partners are welcome, and all participants are encouraged to wear tennis shoes or socks.


Classes will begin October 4th on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. through November 11th. All classes will take place at the Dance Foundation (1715 17th Court South, Homewood, AL 35209). Classes are $5 each or $50 for the entire semester. The fee includes the participant and the care partner. Payment can be paid via card, cash, or check at the beginning of the classes.


These classes are made possible through the generous support of the Parkinson Association of Alabama. Please feel free to email Teri Weksler with any questions at teriweksler@bellsouth.net.


Did you know?

We bet you don't know the caliber of dancer that is leading these PD classes. Teri Weksler was born in Baltimore, and is a graduate of The Julliard School. In 1984 she received a New York Dance and Performance Award for "...a career of virtuosic dancing." Weksler was a founding and long-time member of the world renown Mark Morris Dance Group and continues to teach and stage work for the company. After moving to Birmingham, Weksler toured with Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Group, a company of, "the country's best modern dancers." As artistic director of the local Southern Danceworks, she collaborated with the Alabama Ballet, Alabama Symphony, Space One Eleven, Carver Theater, Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and choreographed and commissioned many works. She has received a fellowship from ASCA, and was honored with a Smart Woman award in 2013. Weksler recently retired from the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and has taught extensively, including Amherst College, New York University, Boston Ballet, New World School of the Arts, and was Mark Morris's assistant at Les Grandes Ballet Canadiens, Ballet West, Tanglewood Music Festival, and London Contemporary Dance Theater. According to the New York Times, "Weksler was worth the price of admission alone." The Washington Post claimed, "A dream of a dancer, physically perfect, technically impeccable, never less than fully expressive in every iota of movement."