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Adaptive Dance and Dance for Parkinson’s Class

Diablo Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s:

This special class for people of any age combines both music and movement to increase coordination, balance, flexibility and strength. The class incorporates exercises that can be done either standing or seated in a chair. Absolutely no dance experience is required and is perfect for people who suffer from physical disabilities, Parkinson’s or limitations or just want to improve their coordination and strength in a joyful and supportive environment. This class will meet every Sunday on a drop in basis. If you are a Parkinson’s patient or have low mobility, the per class fee will be waived.

Classes will take place at Ace Dance Academy – 1825 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek.

The Summer session will run from June 2 – June 30 and will remain on Sundays.

Online registration is available throughout the year.  Please click register now and it will take you through our registration process.  Please note the $25 registration fee will be waived for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers.  If you have any questions, please email

The Dance for Parkinson’s class is free to patients and their caregivers.

Adaptive Dance
Adaptive dance is a class designed to benefit students of all ages with special needs and/or developmental disabilities. Adaptive dance is a powerful class which provides a welcoming and inclusive learning experience for all types of thinkers. Using the elements of dance movement, strategic games/activities and engaging music, Adaptive Dance will challenge the thinker in an environment that makes them feel safe, fulfilled and happy. Diablo Ballet aims to unify our community by reminding everyone that dance is a family that loves and values everybody and all they have to offer. Please email if interested in learning more.

Andrea Gaudet was born in Berkeley California and has been teaching all levels of classical ballet for over thirty years. Her training began with Jane Stamps and continued with Grace Doty’s Berkeley City Ballet. Ms. Gaudet’s danced as a soloist with Ballet Idaho and Sacramento Ballet, where she performed roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, The Firebird, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cinderella. She had the pleasure of dancing roles in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Rubies, Four Temperaments, Prodigal Son, Theme and Variations, Donizetti Variations and Concerto Barocco. Ms. Gaudet taught the pre-professional students at the Sacramento Ballet and served as Ballet Mistress for the Company. She was the Artistic Director of Berkeley City Ballet, and has taught at the Marin Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theater, San Francisco School of the Arts, Lines, Ah-Lan Dance Studio and Shawl Anderson Dance Center.  Ms. Gaudet is the Principal for Diablo Ballet School.


Testimonials from Dance for Parkinson’s Students

“I feel more extension of movement along with more coordination.”

“My memory is much better after doing the memory testing exercises.”

“This class uses muscle groups that aren’t used in the other classes.”

Summer Dance for Parkinson's

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A weekly drop in class from June 2 - 30. This class will take place at Ace Dance Academy - 1825 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek.