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The Dance for PD® teaching method is built on a fundamental premise:
professionally-trained dancers are movement experts whose knowledge
is useful to persons with PD. Dancers know all about stretching and strengthening muscles,
and about balance and rhythm. Most importantly, dancers know about the power of dance to
concentrate mind, body, and emotion on movement; they use their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears, and touch to control their bodies. Dance for PD® teaching artists integrate movement from modern and theater dance, ballet, folk dance, tap, improvisation, and choreographic repertory to engage the participants' minds and bodies and create an enjoyable social environment that emphasizes dancing for dancing's sake. The dance class is an aesthetic experience that focuses on developing artistry and grace while addressing such PD-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, social isolation, and depression.
The method has been presented at the International Congress for Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders in Berlin (2005), the World Parkinson Congress in Washington, D.C. (2006) and at the Society for Neuroscience 2008 in Washington D.C. Articles about the class have appeared in USA Today, Neurology Now, The New York Times, and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation among other publications, and the class has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, PBS Frontline and CBS. Dance PD® was featured as a model program at the 2010 Annual Conference of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH).
The program’s teaching points have been condensed into the DVD entitled Why Dance for
Parkinson’s Disease? (2009), which won first prize at the 2010 SAH Film Festival.

Since 2007, MMDG/BPG have sponsored more than eight teacher training and professional
development workshops, resulting in the replication of Dance for PD® classes throughout the
United States, and in Canada, Germany, India, Israel and the United Kingdom.

My workshops are independent from the PD programme, although I am a trained PD Practitioner using this method, I will also a be offering a unique programme consisting of Flamenco Dance and movement, using various complimentary techniques, visual imagery and sensory kinesthetic techniques for movement and body memory. Please contact Julie' on contact page or email : Arthurjulie@carawagon2017.co.uk
If you have an interest or want more information about how this programme of dance can help you with Parkinson's.

17. Feb, 2018

Still looking for a name for this painting, any suggestions? or better still, any offers? I would happily gift my paintings but one has to make a shilling or two on this journey through life. These paintings decide themselves what they are going to be, Never set out with an idea, just a paint brush a feeling and a sound. Julie.

16. Feb, 2018


 I was only on FB for 3 months after giving it a try, when I 'recieved a cursed chain post' and a threat of 'share' or else..this will happen, that will happen, I told the poster what I thought about chain letters. Well here again! the place I want to write things that can not be twisted, distorted, and even have a little say in what the world knows about me. Do I want fb to tell me who I am, or celebrate the great time I have spent with FB. A programme that calculates my emojis, and trys to sum up my character, tells me what I like to wear and tell everybody else. Today's episode of face hate book vile and abuse helped me wake up to the dark side of facebook, and the reality of what can slip through those doors. It's fine in some ways, great speaking with long lost family and knowing that they are good happy human beings, but boy, is there a dark side, sitting and waiting for an opportunity to strike. It's  gone viral,viral ,viral! for some, a great opportunity to plug their news, but for the vulnerable it's a hole in the world that another soul falls into...luckily for me, my viral abyss just spiralled me and spat me out, no naked pictures, nothing to crush my ego or destroy me, I reminded face book that this picture and its threat of disaster did not scare me, and I was not going to share it and I was going to break it's chain. I was waiting for it's curse, in 13 hours  I was promised a back lash of disaster from it's curse. I laughed and teased with Tick tock, tick tock, I am waiting. So FB created a distortion of my words and made an opening for the torrent of vile that arrived .   I tried to plug Carawagon inbetween all the spew of vile as soon as it said, you have gone viral, not an easy task focusing when you have just been called a Tramp and a few other spicy words that don't belong on here or anywhere  ''  and not easy when suddenly aware that you are been sucked into somewhere you have no control of. What a strange bag of sensations  all at once, bombarded with hate, knowing their related, wondering about the curse coming to get me, trying to write and tell them to chill out, and trying to respond to this OPPORTUNITY to plug Carawagon 13 HOURS later and turn bad into good as I had promised to break it's wicked chain.  Oh, I do hope they ended up with the big wart that I promised to the original sender of the chain letter post ha ha.  Glad to be back in the land of the living, please be aware of the dark shadows lurking in facebook and the curse of today's fake reality that stops your children speaking to you, stops them going outside to play with real people, teaches them to hate, helps give a platform for bully's, teaches people to stalk and pry instead of living their own lives  , stops you sharing time with your partner, stops you making real friends, and interacting with real people and real life. Julie's take on FB, good Riddens to rubbish, the evil empire and it's poison deactivated, never the twain shall meet again.