Dance for PD® Program Director
David Leventhal is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, a program of the Mark Morris Dance Group that has been used as a model for classes in more than 300 communities in 25 countries. He leads classes for people living with Parkinson’s disease around the world and trains other teaching artists in the Dance for PD® approach. He’s co-produced five volumes of a successful instructional video and helped conceive and design Moving Through Glass, a dance-based Google Glass App for people with Parkinson’s. He received the 2018 Martha Hill Mid-Career Award, the 2016 World Parkinson Congress Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson’s Community and was a co-recipient of the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award from the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. He serves on the board of the Davis Phinney Foundation, is an advisory board member for the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Arts and Humanities Program, and is a founding member of the Dance for Health committee for the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS). He’s featured in the award-winning 2014 documentary Capturing Grace directed by David Iverson. Leventhal contributed chapters to Moving Ideas: Multimodal Learning in Communities and Schools (Peter Lang), and Creating Dance: A Traveler’s Guide (Hampton Press), and is an author or co-author of five peer-reviewed articles. As a dancer, he performed with the Mark Morris DanceGroup from 1997-2011, appearing in principal roles in some of Mark Morris’ most celebrated works and receiving a 2010 Bessie Award for his professional achievements.