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Dance Returns The 'Joy Of Movement' To People With Parkinson's

Monday, January 25, 2016   (0 Comments)
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To continue the conversations about the arts and healing, which started from the ISPA's international Congress in Malmö, and was carried over to the New York 2016 Congress, we'd like to share NPR's latest article about how dancing returns the ‪‎joy of movement to people with Parkinson's Disease (PD).

Moderated by Nancy Umanoff from Mark Morris Dance Group, "Session V | From Malmö to New York: Arts and the Science of Healing" was one of the most engaging sessions during the last ISPA Congress.

"...over the past 15 years or so, a few thousand have taken dance classes that are part of a program called Dance for PD. It began in Brooklyn and has spread throughout the country and around the world. It has also attracted the attention of scientists interested in the ways dance might ease symptoms."

"..Karlin (Parkinson's patient) learned what she needed to know to start her Parkinson's program at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, where Dance for PD began about 15 years ago..."

"...The program at the Mark Morris Dance Center began as a partnership with the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. But for the past eight years, Mark Morris instructors have been training other dance companies — like L.A.'s Invertigo Dance Theatre — to conduct classes of their own. There are now programs in 40 states and 13 other countries..."

Read the full article on NPR's website.


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