Circle of Chairs: Dance & Movement Program – Spring 2018

Circle of Chairs: Dance & Movement Program – Spring 2018

PLEASE NOTE: Due to weather challenges and small registration numbers, we've decided to postpone Session 2 Connect Through Motion dance classes until Spring (dates to be announced).

However, Yoga for PD will continue to take place as scheduled (Session 2 starts, Thursday, January 18). Please click below to register.

If you've already registered for Connect Through Motion, we can refund your money or credit it toward the new Session 2 in the Spring. We will announce the new schedule once it has been finalized.

If you'd like to be notified once Session 2 dates are set, please complete the registration form (click the REGISTER button below) and we will contact you.

Thank you for your understanding!


ollowing the success of our initial launch earlier this year, we’re excited to offer two six-week sessions in the upcoming months! Each session includes two class types: a Dance/Movement option and a Yoga for Parkinson's Disease option. Please feel free to join us for as many classes as you wish.



  • $5 per individual class
  • $25 per six-class session type; Dance/Movement OR Yoga
    (when you pre-pay)
  • $50 full session (12 classes); Dance/Movement AND Yoga
    (when you pre-pay)
  • Please bring payment with you to class.

— Registration is encouraged but walk-ins are always welcome! —

SPECIAL THANKS to a generous, local sponsor who has made it possible for Summit for Parkinson's to offer these affordable rates (normally $10/class).





This class provides the opportunity for stretching, balance, relaxation, and nourishment for the body, mind and nervous system. Led by Jolyn Ortega, Carolyn Maier and Christy Ann Brown.

Dates: Thursdays, January 18 - February 22, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Fellowship Hall at Salvation Army, Missoula



Humans across time have known how to communicate with our bodies and our  physical movements. This deep and ancient practice developed before we communicated with words and language. Our bodies have much to say to us and to speak to each other about our hopes, our fears, our joys and our sorrows as we journey with PD. This group process has been described as fun, moving, emotional, dynamic, real, exciting, transforming, balancing, expressive, and creative. This is not a support group, this is a transport group. The skills we learn and practice together will transport us to a new way of experiencing ourselves and understanding others. Come and share this experience with us at the safe space at 2825 Stockyard Road # F4, the offices of our group leader, Andrew Laue, LCSW.

Dates: To be determined
Time: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: 2825 Stockyard Road #F4, Missoula




Location Maps:

Fellowship Hall at Salvation Army, Missoula



2825 Stockyard Road #F4, Missoula


Instructor Bios:


CHRISTY ANN BROWN is an artist interested in the body and its relationship to architecture, speech, and motion. For the past two years, she has been working on an intermedia performance piece Dendritical in which she has been exploring patterns of branching in her life – specifically her process of moving from New York to Missoula, MT. Christy Ann is certified to teach yoga with David Hollander at Ananda Ashram and to teach Pilates with Romana Kryanowska at the Pilates Studio. She has a Master's Degree in Performance from New York University and a BA from the University of Washington in Seattle. Some of her favorite places where she has taught movement classes: Movement Research, New York University, Yeldes University in Turkey, State University of New York at Purchase, Silky Oaks Lodge in Australia.

ANDREW LAUE, LCSWANDREW LAUE, LCSW is a psychotherapist who specializes in the integration of relationship based psychotherapy with many body centered and movement traditions. He is one of the co-founders with Neil Chaput of the Inner Landscape workshop, and has assisted Neil in integrating Reiki practitioners into child centered social service agencies. Andy has created movement based trainings, and workshops that bring the body, energy work, and psychotherapy into dynamic interplay with each other.

CAROLYN MAIERCAROLYN MAIER likes to get lost. Lost in a good book, lost in the beauty of a sunset, or on a ranch with the smell of horses. She teaches therapeutic equine yoga and is certified with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200. She is certified in Parkinson's Wellness Recover (PWR) and Reiki. Carolyn is also an artist, and was one of the creators of a featured art installation at the World Parkinson Congress entitled Forging Resilience: Capturing Moments: Living Life with Parkinson's. One of her favorite mediums is photography, which she finds provides the perfect fusion between creative expression, healing, and documentation. She holds a BA from Boston College and an MPA from the University of Montana and is a graduate of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

LORI MITCHELLLORI MITCHELL has hung from ladders, danced in fountains, and dashed across the Broadway stage. Over the last 30 years, Lori has studied many dance forms including modern, flamenco, Tango and Pilates. She teaches Anatomy & Physiology Labs at Missoula College at the University of Montana and has facilitated workshops for Living Art of Montana. She currently teaches Tango in Montana, Washington and British Colombia with her partner Patrick Marsolek. Lori has also earned her license in massage in 1991 and her nursing degree in 2005. The years of practice in healthcare, academics, and dance have taught her much about how the body works.

JOLYN ORTEGAJOLYN ORTEGA's yoga journey began in the early 1970’s, long before the popularity of yoga studios. She has more than forty years of practice and study. Because of her deep appreciation of yoga and a strong belief in its healing power, she furthered her studies to become certified Yoga Therapist. Jolyn’s also certified in Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery and Reiki. Jolyn loves collaborating with other healers and believes it’s an honor to have the opportunity to guide others towards health and harmony.

ANN STEVENSONANN STEVENSON is passionate about helping people in making deeper connections with self, community, and the natural world. Ann works as a psychotherapist with families and individuals and offers individual and group sessions practicing the Discipline of Authentic Movement. She is certified in Parkinson’s Wellness Recover (PWR) and Reiki. She has worked and performed with a community-based arts company, Turning the Wheel, dedicated to bringing performance and dance opportunities to people of all ages and abilities. Ann has taught movement-based classes and workshops in area nursing homes, elementary/high schools, and community centers. Currently, Ann delights in studying and co-teaching Argentine tango at the Downtown Dance Collective with Patrick Marsolek and Lori Mitchell. In summer 2017, she and fellow dancer Lori Mitchell attended the flagship Dance for PD® teacher-training program in Brooklyn, NY.