Our classes are based on the innovative and internationally renowned Dance for PD® program designed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. Using this method, professional dancers draw on their unique expertise and artistic experience to support people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers to engage sight, sound, touch, thought, and imagination to inspire movement, expression and community.
Classes are appropriate for anyone with Parkinson’s no matter how advanced. Movement modifications will be made available.
No Dance Experience is Required. No Charge to Participate.
Combining elements of modern dance, ballet, social dancing, choreography and other movement modalities, teachers facilitate an enjoyable, stimulating, artistic experience. While dancing, whether in chairs, at a barre, or standing, everyone in the class explores dancing in an enjoyable, non-pressured, social environment in which live music energizes, enriches and empowers. We value creating connection with our community and the power dance has to connect our minds, hearts and body
Classes are lead by professional dancers and trained Dance for Parkinson’s teachers Damara Vita Ganley, Molly Katzman and Katie Griffin with live musical accompaniment by celebrated musician John Malkin.
Motion Pacific’s Dance for PD program is funded through the generous contribution of ComForCare.
Comforcare of Santa Cruz County offers non-medical, at-home senior care in Santa Cruz, CA for your loved one. ComForcare home care services offers everything it takes to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of their patients. Caregivers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays).
Katie Griffin is a San Francisco-based dance artist. She received her BFA in Modern Dance Performance from CSU Long Beach in 2005. Before her 2011 relocation to the Bay Area, she taught, performed, and presented much of her own work within the San Diego dance community. She trains with ALTERNATIVA + Alternative Conservatory and has the privilege of working closely with Kathleen Hermesdorf. She is currently focusing her energy on building her first evening-length solo work theRedchairdiaries, premiering in Santa Cruz in 2016. She tours her own work, and is working on performance and master class exchange programs with artists along the West Coast. Current projects include collaborative commissions with Molly Katzman, Yvonne M. Portra, and Keith Johnson.
Molly Katzman started dancing in middle school at Nevada City School of the Arts, and then danced all through high school in the Nevada Union Theatrical Dance program. While in Santa Cruz, she’s danced for multiple choreographers, and co-created a company, HOMEbodies, with Sierrah Dietz. Molly recently joined Joe Goode Performance Group in San Francisco as a company member while she teaches at Motion Pacific, Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School, and Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center in Santa Cruz. Molly participated in the Dance for PD workshop in March of this year and is thrilled to be a teacher in this very exciting new program.
Damara Vita Ganley is a West Coast dance artist and educator with extensive national and international performance experience. She is a current company member with renowned San Francisco based dance companies, Joe Goode Performance Group She also works as a regular collaborator with Gerald Casel Dance and Fog Beast Dance. She was a long time company member and rehearsal director with BANDALOOP.
Her dedication to the field of dance includes her work as a dance educator. In all her teaching Damara strives to facilitate a vibrant, collaborative learning environment dedicated to creative development, dance literacy, artistic innovation and embodied empathy. Through her work with JGPG and Bandaloop she has taught in residency programs at universities and studios across the US and abroad. She serves as Education Director for Joe Goode Performance Group and education grant manager for BANDALOOP.
As an affiliate with the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD program, Damara also teaches dance and creates performances for people with Parkinson’s Disease, This work supports her commitment to dance as a transformative and vital community practice. She began teaching Dance for Parkinson’s in 2008 and has since facilitated a weekly class at The Parkinson’s Institute as well as teaching in programs in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Santa Cruz. She recently launched a Dance for PD program within the new Stanford Neuroscience Health Center fully supported with a grant from the National Parkinson’s Foundation. In 2012 she presented this work at Stanford’s Neuroscience Symposium Exercise and the Brain.
She is also the director of Dance at Kirby College Preparatory School where she teaches technique, composition, arts in world culture, and directs the Kirby Dance Company.