Richmond Parkinson's Dance Project
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 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, because they use their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears and touch to control their bodies. Our program integrates movement from modern and theater dance, ballet, folk, tap, improv, and ballroom dance. The class addresses PD specific concerns such as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation, and depression. The class engages participants' minds and bodies, and creates an enjoyable, social environment that emphasizes dancing rather than therapy. The class is free and open to the public. In addition to persons with PD, spouses, friends and caregivers are welcome to attend. Class meets Wednesdays from 11am-12pm at Simply Ballroom in Richmond, VA.