Parkinson's Dance

Richmond Parkinson's Dance Project

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Where:  Simply Ballroom Dance Studio, 3549 Courthouse Rd., Richmond VA 23236
When:  Wednesdays from 11:00am - 12:00pm (every other week at first, if enough interest exists we will do a weekly class).
Cost:  FREE.  Open to the public.  Persons with PD, caregivers, spouses, family, friends are all welcome. (Donations welcome, see below)
About the class:  The Richmond Parkinson's Dance Project is based on the premise that 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.  Dancers know about the power of dance to concentrate mind, body, and emotion on movement. 
Our program integrates movement from modern and theater dance, ballet, folk dance, tap, improvisation, and ballroom dance.  The class addresses such PD-specific concerns such as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation, and depression.  The class emphasizes dancing rather than therapy.
The first half to 3/4 of the class is done seated.   We then move to the barre or use the chairs for support to do standing dance excercises.  From there we progress to dancing across the floor with or without partners.  Most of the standing or walking dance moves can be modified to suit people using a wheelchair.  Our studio is fully accessible.  All ability levels welcome, no prior dance experience is necessary.
Why Dance for Parkinson's?
-- Dancing is joyful, especially to upbeat music
-- Dancing is a social activity
--Dancing is excellent excercise.  A dance class provides a complete workout.  Dancing stretches, strengthens, and relaxes muscles
-- Dance is, first and foremost, a mental activity.  Dancing involves using the brain as well as the body to control movement.  The brain gets a complete workout too!
--Dancing makes use of the senses.  Conscious use of vision, hearing and touch make moving easier persons with PD, just as it does for dancers
Donate:  If you would like to donate to the Richmond Parkinsons Dance Project, you may do so through our Fiscal Sponsorship with Fractured Atlas.  This is a 501c3 which accepts donations on behalf of artists' projects.  If you would like to make a secure online donation, follow this link  You may also donate by check made out to Fractured Atlas (please bring checks to the studio, we will send to the fund).  Donations are used for teacher training, paying for guest artists and any other needs we may have in the future to keep this project going!  We appreciate your support!!