Parkinson’s patients seeing benefits from JMU dance program

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by Madelyn Saadah


Harrisonburg, Virginia – A James Madison University program designed to help people with Parkinson’s Disease enjoy the benefits of movement has gained the attention of a Parkinson’s advocacy organization.  

JMU is the first university to be recognized as a licensed affiliate of Dance for PD. 

In addition, professor Kate Trammell, who runs the JMU program, is now a certified teaching artist by Dance for PD. 

Trammell describes the program as being a place for people to explore movement in new ways. “Dance for PD classes encourage participants to experience the joys and benefits of movement and music while creatively addressing symptom-specific concerns. This series is open to people with Parkinson's, their families, friends, and care-partners. Instruction provides modifications to make the movement safe, appropriate, and enjoyable for all participants.” 

Student volunteers from the Dance, Music and Occupational Therapy majors assist with the classes, which are based on the Mark Morris dance group’s way of teaching Dance for PD. 

The classes are held twice a week over Zoom and once a week in person at the Forbes Center for Performing Arts at JMU.  

More information about the program is on the program website. 


Contact: Ginny Cramer,, 540-568-5325 

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Published: Thursday, May 4, 2023

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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