Joy of Movement – Dance Classes

The Joy of Movement provides group dance classes for persons living with PD and their care partners in Springfield, Illinois. We address flexibility, balance, endurance, functional movement and self-expression through dance and dance exercises, but the most important aspect of our classes is the joy of moving together to great music. Since the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the suspension of face to face classes, the Joy of Movement has been offering weekly hour-long video classes on YouTube. These video dance classes are performed seated in a chair or standing supported by a chair (as able); all activities may be done solo, although dancers are encouraged to share the fun with a partner who is sheltering in place with them.

The classes are led by Eve Fischberg, OTR/L, an occupational therapist with 40 years of experience working with people living with PD and other neurological disorders. She received her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis and completed an advanced master’s degree at New York University. Eve is an approved exercise class provider for the APDA, St. Louis Chapter, having received initial and ongoing training from APDA staff. She has completed introductory and advanced training with Dance for PD, an international group associated with Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, New York and has also passed the teacher training course in fundamentals of adapted tango offered by Madeleine Hackney, PhD in Atlanta, Georgia.