July 9, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Meetings are at the Grand Ely Lodge at noon on Tuesdays. More information will be available closer to the meeting dates.
This week we welcome Sharon Friedler and Jon Sherman with their program on Dance For Parkinsons.
After having professional dance careers for over forty years, Sharon and Jon began teaching Dance for Parkinson’s Disease four years ago. During the winter they live and teach in the Philadelphia area, but are happy to spend summers at their cabin on White Iron Lake.
Their presentation will share a short history of the program and its documented positive impacts on those living with Parkinson’s, will offer some participatory chair movement sequences typically done in classes, and will include short video segments. Following their presentation, they will welcome any questions from those attending.
Sharon Friedler, Stephen Lang Professor of Performing Arts and Professor of Dance Emerita at Swarthmore College (1985-2016), was also Director of Dance at Swarthmore College from 1985-2014. Her degrees are from Colby College (B.A.) and Southern Methodist University (M.F.A.). Over the years, she taught courses on the arts as social change, dance composition, dance and film, African and modern dance techniques and other history/theory courses. Previously she directed and taught in dance programs at the Universities of Minnesota-Duluth (1976-85), and Missouri-Columbia (1974-76). Her research interests include dance and gender, the traditional and contemporary dances of Ghana, and developing dance curricula for diverse populations. Co-editor of the book Dancing Female: Lives and Issues of Women in Contemporary Dance (1997), she was chief dance examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization (2000- 2016) and continues as a principal dance examiner. Sharon has choreographed over eighty works for concert stage, opera, and musical theatre for professional and college productions in Canada, Ghana, Italy, Poland, and various venues in the United States. Since 2015 Sharon and her husband, Jon Sherman have also been teaching in the Philadelphia area in the Dance for PD program working with people with Parkinson disease.
Jon Sherman is a former professional ballet dancer and was a ballet faculty member for over 30 years. Jon taught at PA Ballet, The Rock School, Swarthmore College, the University of the Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania among other institutions. He was a member of Ballet Klos and the Opera Company of Philadelphia and danced and served as a coach with numerous regional ballet companies. Jon holds a degree from Temple University and studied ballet professionally at PA Ballet, School of American Ballet, and American Ballet Theater in New York City. He has also performed and taught at festivals in the USA and abroad.
Location: Grand Ely Lodge
400 N Pioneer Road, Ely, MN, 55731