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Beck Center introduces dance sessions for adults with Parkinson’s disease

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“Moving Freely” designed to celebrate life and enjoy movement

Beck Center for the Arts will be presenting “Moving Freely”, a series of dance workshops for adults with Parkinson’s disease. The program is offered by Beck’s Arts Department of Creative Arts Therapies. Classes start on September 5, 2014 and consist of three 6 week sessions, which will take place from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. Session I begins September 5 through October 10; Session II runs October 17 through November 2; and Session III concludes December 5 through January 23 and will be held at the Beck Center for the Arts located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio.

The classes are open to adults with Parkinson’s disease as well as an adult partner such as a spouse, adult child, friend or neighbor and will be conducted by dance instructors Jessica Hodges and Shannon Sefcik, both trained in the Dance for PD® method at the renowned Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, NY.

“We truly believe in the method and are proud of our teachers who are bringing this amazing knowledge and training to our classrooms,” said Beck Center’s Associate Director of Creative Arts TherapiesAngel Foss, MT-BC. “Utilizing this method will empower people with Parkinson's and other movement difficulties to express themselves in a safe space while participating in stretching, balance, and movement exercises.”

“Moving Freely” provides opportunities through dance to create self expression while building flexibility and body awareness. The classes will also foster confidence in manners that engage the entire body.

“We are pleased to provide this experience as we expand our Creative Arts Therapies program,” comments Foss.

The cost is $72 for a full 6-week session or $15 per couple for a single class. Registration and details can be found at or by calling Customer Service at (216) 521-2540 x10.

Moving Freely is supported by the Community West Foundation. Programming at Beck Center is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.

Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers l theater productions on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies for special needs students, and gallery exhibits featuring local and regional artists.