Wednesday March 5, 2014: David Leventhal

Mar 5, 2014

IHCD Lunch & Learn Lecture

Wednesday March 5th, 2014
200 Portland Street, Boston, MA 02114

David Leventhal

David Leventhal, a founding teacher and Program Director of Dance for PD®, will discuss the  internationally-acclaimed program's background and methods, providing insight into a model for how the arts can positively impact the lives of people living with a chronic neurological condition. Highlighting aspects of the program's design that have made it widely accepted, David will discuss ways in which dance training and practice exemplify the transformative benefits of artistic engagement. Dance for PD®, developed and sustained through a 13-year collaboration between Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, empowers people with Parkinson's to explore movement in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating, and creative. The program fosters a network of affiliated classes in 34 states and 10 countries around the world.  Visit for more information.

David Leventhal


Speaker Bio: 

David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, a collaborative program of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group that has now been used as a model for classes in more than 100 communities. He leads classes for people with Parkinson's disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach. Along with Olie Westheimer, he is the co-recipient of the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award from the Parkinson's Unity Walk.  He has written about dance and Parkinson's for such publications as Dance Gazette and Room 217, and has a chapters about the program in two recently published books: Moving Ideas: Multimodal Learning in Communities and Schools (Peter Lang), and Creating Dance: A Traveler's Guide (Hampton Press).  He has spoken about the intersection of dance, Parkinson's and healthcare at University of Michigan, Brown University, and Columbia University.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for Arts and Health.  As a dancer, he performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011, appearing in principal roles in Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, on Motifs of Shakespeare.  He received a 2010 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for his performing career with Mark Morris.  He graduated from Brown University with honors in English Literature.


 Institute for Human Centered Design, 200 Portland St. Boston MA 02114


About the Institute Lectures

The "Lunch and Learn" lectures are at 12:00, provide a boxed lunch and are free. Companies presenting will showcase their innovative products illustrating the human-centered design philosophy.