Photo courtesy of Christiana Axelsen | The current artist-in-residence at Bainbridge Dance Center will be teaching a Dance for Parkinson’s workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28.

Photo courtesy of Christiana Axelsen | The current artist-in-residence at Bainbridge Dance Center will be teaching a Dance for Parkinson’s workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28.

Island dance center to host Dance for Parkinson’s workshop

The current artist-in-residence at Bainbridge Dance Center will be teaching a Dance for Parkinson’s workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28.

“These classes are really exciting in that individuals living with Parkinson’s can be empowered through movement and live music in ways that are enjoyable, stimulating and creative,” said Christiana Axelsen, Bainbridge Dance Center director. “Shannon Stewart, who is Bainbridge Dance Center’s July artist-in-residence, also happens to be a teaching artist with the Mark Morris Dance for PD Program. She requested to hold a Dance for Parkinson’s workshop during her time here on Bainbridge.”

The cost to attend is a $5 suggested donation, and though it is a dance class for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease, all are welcome — friends, family, caretakers and people who just love to dance, Axelsen said.

Bainbridge Dance Center is located at 844 Madison Ave. North. RSVP to attend via mail@bainbridgedancecenter.com or call 206-842-1497.

Stewart is a New Orleans-based choreographer, teacher and performer, who is working at BDC for two weeks with her dancers, using the studios to create a new work and prepare for their performance at the Seattle Festival of Alternative Dance.

They will have an in-studio performance preview of that work, a piece titled “Relatives,” from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday July 29.

Again, admission is a $5 suggested donation and everyone is welcome.

Stewart will also be teaching a Contemporary Composition workshop from Monday, July 30 to Friday, Aug. 3 for dancers ages 8 through 12. Dancers will create their own dances, learn contemporary technique, dive into improvisation scores, and have an incredible week with this talented globe-trotting dance artist.

Visit www.bainbridgedancecenter.com to learn more.

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