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.