Circle of Chairs: Dance and Movement Program

his program is designed to give participants an experience of different styles of dance, movement, and creative expression. In each class, participants are welcomed to move from a physically comfortable position—seated, floor, standing, and/or walking. This is a pilot program, and feedback from participants will help us design a consistent dance and movement program for people with Parkinson's Disease.




FREE through October 21, 2017. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required and drop-ins are welcome. No partner necessary, but partners/friends are invited if they would like to participate. Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move freely in.



Loyola Sacred Heart High School Auditorium
320 Edith St, Missoula, MT 59801 

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Dates & Times:

July 15, Saturday — 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

July 29, Saturday — 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

August 12, Saturday — 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

August 26, Saturday — 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

September 9, Saturday — 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

September 23, Saturday — 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

October 7, Saturday — 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

October 21, Saturday — 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.



Class Descriptions:

Here are the descriptions for the sampling of creative movement classes offered during this program:

We will use elements of ballet and modern dance to explore qualities of expansion, stillness, flow and more. Taught by Ann Stevenson and Lori Mitchell and live music will be provided by multi-instrumentalist Nathan Zavalney.

This will be a playful introduction to Argentine Tango. We will practice walking, musicality, and the embrace. Taught by Ann Stevenson and Lori Mitchell.

Participants explore and develop their unique movement abilities studying principles of dance, yoga, pilates and kinetic awareness. Taught by Christy Ann Brown.

Participants will be guided through movement explorations to deepen connections between self and others. Taught by Andrew Laue.

This class provides the opportunity for stretching, balance, relaxation, and nourishment for the body, mind and nervous system. Taught by Carolyn Maier.

Participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. Taught by Ann Stevenson.


Teacher 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, 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 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 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.

ANN 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. This summer 2017, she and fellow dancer Lori Mitchell will embark on Dance for PD® teacher-training program in Brooklyn, NY.


Summit for Parkinson's is proud to present this program free-of-charge to the community with support of The Silver Foundation, Foundation for Community Health and The Bill & Rosemary Gallagher Foundation.

A Special thank you to Loyola Sacred Heart High School for the donation of their space.