It’s funny how many people feel a pang of hesitation, reluctance, or even fear when they’re invited to dance. Who hasn’t heard someone say, when being pulled onto the floor, “oh no, I can’t dance!”
I’ll admit, I leaned that way, too. I left the dancing to those with natural rhythm and “moves.”
My view has changed, though, because I’ve realized how much dancing embodies what our NICABM community is about – the connection between the mind, the body, and the spirit.
Others have realized this connection, too.
I invite you to watch the brief video below, which will provide you with an exciting glimpse of an innovative mind-body program called Dance for Parkinson’s Disease. For this unique therapy, I really think you’ll need to see the participants in action:
The film Why Dance for Parkinson’s Disease, excerpted here, was produced by the Brooklyn Parkinson Group and Mark Morris Dance Group, with funding provided by the National Parkinson Foundation.
You can find out more about Dance for PD® by visiting their website at http://danceforparkinsons.org/
I wanted you to watch this video so that you could get excited about the possibilities of this program – as excited as I was when I invited Joan Borysenko, PhD and Dance for PD® Program Manager, David Leventhal, to speak with me.
The three of us will be engaging in lively discussion not only the program itself, but also possible applications of the Dance for PD® program to the wider community.
You can listen for free at the time of broadcast – as long as you are signed up.
Photo Taken by Amber Star Merkens
The ideas behind the Dance for PD® program have applications far beyond treating symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. How could the Dance for PD® program principles be applied in your practice or community? Please share this information below and leave a comment.