Stern Grove Festival is committed to building and celebrating community through shared experiences of music and dance.
This past summer, as part of that commitment, Stern Grove Festival hosted a special dance class in the Grove on July 29 at the San Francisco Ballet performance. More than 6,000 audience members were transformed into performers when a group of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients on stage led the crowd in a demonstration of their dance class.
The PD dancers on the stage that day all take part in a free dance class series offered by San Francisco Ballet and Kaiser Permanente. The classes are taught by San Francisco Ballet School Adult Ballet Faculty Member Cecelia Beam and feature live piano accompaniment. Classes are designed to bring the joy of dance to individuals with PD by engaging them in dances designed to draw out artistic expression, while also addressing specific concerns like balance, flexibility, isolation, and depression.
Making the arts accessible to all and creating new ways to connect with people of all backgrounds are part of what makes the Festival experience so special. Stern Grove Festival was honored to work with our longtime partners at San Francisco Ballet and one of our 81st Season sponsors, Kaiser Permanente, to share this unique experience at the Grove.