Dance Class for people living with PD

Suzanne Ryanstrati founded the Kansas City Metropolitan Area's dance class for people living with Parkinson's Disease and their caretakers. The class was held at the National Parkinson's

Foundation, Heartland location for 7 years before relocating to the University of Kansas Health Systems. The class incorporates seated and standing movements with aspects of ballet, tap, modern, and social dance. There is no cost to the participant. The class is based on the Dance for PD® program out of Brooklyn, New York.

Note: Due to COVID-10 this class is temporarily suspended. Online classes can be accessed here:

What is parkinson's disease?

Group Dance
Brain Sketch

Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing ("dopaminergic") neurons in a specific area of the brain called the substantia nigra.  


The cause of this progressive disease is unknown. There is no cure. 

(Source: Parkinson's Foundation and the National Institute on Aging websites)