Pamela Lappen/Dancing with Parkinson's - us is a licensed Dance for PD® affiliate.
Dance for PD licensed affiliates are the only organizations authorized to offer Dance for PD-branded classes based on the Mark Morris Dance Group's research-backed program. Licensed affiliates maintain the highest standards of teaching, program delivery and administrative support to ensure that classes they offer are safe, beneficial and enjoyable.
For more information on Dance for PD, please visit: https://danceforparkinsons.org
Our mission is to improve the lives of people with Parkinson's disease through our dance classes, activities and events, while operating with the highest standards in arts education.
Everyone is Welcome
Beauty & Grace
Direction Hope Opportunity Motivating Joy
Positive Emotional Connection Help Possibilities Caring
Improved Mental State
Better balance, flexibility
Coordination Invigorating Calming
M.A. - UCLA, Dance and Education
B.F.A. - U.W. - Milwaukee,
Dance and Theatre Performance
Dance for PD® Certified Teaching Artist
Recognized for her “eye for artistry and aesthetics” in dance, along with her “ability to smoothly execute projects,” Pamela received an invitation from David Leventhal, Dance for PD® Founding Teacher and Program Director, to participate in the 2010 Dance for PD® teacher’s training, in Pasadena, CA.
Teaching dance to those with Parkinson’s disease, in CA and NV, Pamela was awarded her Dance for PD® certification, in 2019.
Pamela is passionate about offering a high-quality dance program to people with PD and their caregivers.
Lappen has received support from the Nevada Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Parkinson’s Foundation, and Medtronic for her work with the Las Vegas Parkinson's community.
Her dance for Parkinson’s presentations have been seen at educational, wellness and medical symposiums, such as the: Cleveland Clinic – Las Vegas, PMD Alliance, Parkinson’s Place – Las Vegas, and h2u – Mountain View Hospital. And, Pamela's PD dancers have eagerly participated and performed in educational presentations, dance videos, and lecture demonstrations, such as: When Parkinson’s Knocks on Your Door, The Dancing with Parkinson’s Nevada Video Project and PD and the Creative Arts Experience.
Pamela Lappen's diverse range of accomplishments as a performing artist, educator and administrator in the arts, dance, theater and music, has been beneficial in the development and enriched the Dancing with Parkinson's - US program in Las Vegas.
For more information, please click below. "Lappen Bio"
Yes, we have fun!
Discover dance in a class culture that strives to:
1. Ensures psychological safety,
2. Encourages sense of belonging,
3. Creates a sense of purpose ,
4. Establishes routines that minimize stress and
5. Offers sincere praise.
Participants experience an improvement in their thinking as they build stamina, flexibility, postural stability, coordination, confidence, and social relationships.
In an environment that focuses on art, wellness, and creativity, come and experience the essence of movement - joy!
Guest speaker: Pamela Lappen, Nov. 29th, 2023.
"Through music and movement research-backed Dance for PD classes provide cognitive and physical benefits for those living with Parkinson’s disease. Discover how Dance for PD can improve the quality of your life."
"The Impact of Dancing on Parkinson's Disease" Guest speaker: Pamela Lappen, May 20th, 2023
Our contribution to the 2023 "I am Dance" project for the World Parkinson Congress in Barcelona, Spain. PD dancers from around the world participated.
An interactive PD and Arts presentation with the Las Vegas community.
Review of our April 29th, 2022 Zoom class.
Dancing with Parkinson's-US is a community based dance project that serves the greater Las Vegas Parkinson's community.
We welcome those with PD, along with their caregivers, to attend and participate in our classes.
In our research backed classes, we celebrate life by dancing and moving together.
Along with regular Dance for PD® classes, our dancers and supporters have participated in "PD & the Creative Arts Experience", the Dancing with Parkinson's NV video project, presentations at the Cleveland Clinic -Las Vegas and more.
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