Sayaw PD

A Non-Profit Organization

Bereber Sayaw PD hosts classes that are based on a set of principles, approaches, and concepts that have been found to be particularly beneficial for people with Parkinson’s Disease. We offer free classes and emphasize the aesthetic and imaginative elements of dance to stimulate the participant’s creativity, imagination, cognitive skills, and emotions in a series of movements.

The Bereber Sayaw PD is purely art-based; it is a dance class for dancing sake by design and demand with people with Parkinson’s Disease. The focus is on the dance, a new revolutionary kind of therapy that makes participants come back week after week. There are elements of therapy but the artistic component is key to what we do, and it requires the knowledge that dancers have to successfully teach this kind of class. The same consideration is true for physical therapists.

Participants don’t come to a Bereber Sayaw PD class to get therapy; they come to learn to dance and enjoy themselves in an artistic, social, setting. Bereber Sayaw PD emphasizes on creating a community for them. Their families, partners, caregivers are welcome to attend the class.

Our Mission

  • Enable people with Parkinson’s Disease to lead a full and active life
  • Create and raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Provide a Bereber Sayaw PD class in different regions in the Philippines
  • Produce trained dance teachers capable of conducting Bereber Sayaw PD classes
  • Collaborate with medical companies to help seniors with Parkinson’s
  • Disease receive medicine through corporate sponsorship and donations to our foundation
  • Develop a joyful and positive community for people with Parkinson’s Disease

Our Principles

  • Develop the feeling of joy for dance.
  • Learn from trained professionals, experienced teaching artists, who love what they are teaching and enjoy working with seniors.
  • Learn dancing actual choreography by dancemakers of local and international stature.
  • Dance with live musical accompaniment whenever possible.
  • Aim for mental and physical development through an aesthetically-informed artist
    (by not teaching in response to symptoms).
  • Set an aesthetic and expressive goal without striving for perfection.
  • Emphasize the use of imagery to invoke a wide range of specific, contrasting movements.
  • Integrate specific, identifiable dance styles and techniques to develop strength, balance, coordination, rhythm, and grace.
  • Express emotions and explore your imagination through specific choreography, structured improvisation, and physical storytelling.
  • Dance together in circles, lines, couples, and groups.
  • Emphasize the essentially joyful nature of dance.
  • Support each other as a community.