Dance For Parkinson’s

American Repertory Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s program is for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. Each class has live music and creates a warm sanctuary for movement exploration, and a social atmosphere to support artistic venture.

  • Classes are infused with guided imagery, vocalization, and movement to provide participants with a dynamic experience.
  • Participants are encouraged to ‘think like dancers’ and to be creative and expressive.
  • Open to all levels of ability! Although participants may experience therapeutic relief, this class is not considered therapy, but a place where people come together to move, share, and enjoy the elements of dance.

Fall 2021
Class Day/Time | Mondays from 4:30-5:30 PM
Class Location | Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church Street, Middletown Township, NJ 07748
Cost Options | All classes are offered free to participants and caregivers!
Lead Teacher: Rachel Stanislawczyk, Ed.M.
Assistant Teacher: Lindsay Cahill

Upon entry to in-person classes, participants must show proof of COVID-19 Vaccination, and wear a mask at all times.

For more detailed information and ZOOM link email Rachel at, or call Lindsay Cahill  at 732.249.1254, ext. 19

Rachel Stanislawczyk is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned her Ed.M in Dance Education with a K-12 teaching certification in 2020. During her time at Rutgers, she taught as a Part-Time Lecturer of Ballet in the Dance Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts, and was awarded the EDM Dance Education Scholarship. Currently, Rachel is a full-time Dance Educator at Abraham Clark High School, where she created the High School dance curriculum for the Roselle Borough School District and serves on the Social Emotional Learning committee. Rachel performs professionally with Rock Dance Collective, and is a  teaching artists at Washington Rock Dance.

Additionally, Rachel is the Director and Founder of the Dance for Parkinson’s Program at American Repertory Ballet: a program for people diagnosed with PD and the caregivers. As Director, she has presented at The Parkinson’s Foundation’s Moving Day, NJ, Dr. Jill M. Giordano Farmer’s PD Education Conference, The American Parkinson’s Disease Association’s Annual Spring Conference, and The Parkinson’s Alliance’s 5K Team Parkinson Run. In 2017, Rachel progressed from an intern to a lead teacher of the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) Dance for PD® program, where she taught classes at MMDG, New York University, Juilliard and Ballet Academy East.

American Repertory Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s program is supported by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation.
This program is also generously supported by 
Bloomberg Philanthropies, which helps us bring music and music to so many participants through the state of New Jersey!