As a preventative measure to decrease risk associated with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Ruth Davidson Hahn & Company is suspending Dance for Parkinson’s classes from now through the month of April, 2020. Click here to read the full announcement.

COVID-19 Update

Dear Dance for Parkinson’s participants,

I write to update you on Ruth Davidson Hahn & Company’s continuing response to COVID-19, known as the novel coronavirus. While I want to emphasize that there are no known cases among individuals or venues I teach at here in Lincoln, Nebraska, it is important to heed recommendations shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as trusted neurologists familiar with Dance for PD® classes, and take measures designed to slow the progression of the virus and prevent cases surfacing among our Dance for Parkinson’s community.

As such, Ruth Davidson Hahn & Company is suspending Dance for Parkinson’s classes at Nebraska Ballet Theatre & School previously scheduled from now through the month of April, 2020. I will reevaluate for April very soon and keep in communication with you via emails and on my website.

I know I impress upon you in my teaching the discipline of the dancer regarding training. Please apply this discipline to your at home activities by scheduling in a dance class for yourself weekly or even more often. Take the necessary time and create a good space in your home to do class for your continued well-being. You will benefit from it I am sure! I know it will also keep your spirits up. So, to support continued at-home practice during this hiatus please use my free 30 minute YouTube classes, or the free Dance for PD® digital class archive. In the event that this hiatus continues, as a proactive measure I have already started looking into creating weekly video classes for you all to enjoy and to keep us all connected. More on that later.

As I stated, I will continue to keep you informed via email announcements and through my website. I also recommend visiting these additional resources for best practices for staying healthy and the latest updates:

COVID-19 overview for the PD Community (APDA)

CDC recommendations for older adults

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

I understand that these measures will cause disruption and disappointment to our community, but I strongly believe that actions taken now will have the greatest chance of decreasing risk for all.

I will miss teaching you all in person at this time and I hope we will be together again soon.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in helping to ensure we continue to follow best practices to keep our Dance for Parkinson’s family healthy as we navigate this complex, uncharted situation together as a community.

Sincerely,
Ruth Davidson Hahn, President and Artistic Director