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 because they use their thoughts, imagination, eyes, ears and touch to control their bodies every day.
Our program integrates movement from modern and theater dance, ballet, folk dance, tap, improvisation, and ballroom dance. The class addresses such PD-specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation and depression.
The classes engage the participants’ minds and bodies, and create an enjoyable, social environment that emphasizes dancing rather than therapy.
The class is taught by Veronica Nugent and Diane Bates of Simply Ballroom Dance Studio and Patty Mochary of the Richmond Ballet. All instructors have received training from the founders of the original program, Dance for PD, at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY.
We appreciate the many donations that make our project possible. Your contributions are tax deductible. If you'd like to contribute to our project, you can mail a check made payable to Richmond Parkinsons Dance Project to: Simply Ballroom, 3549 Courthouse Rd., Richmond, VA 23236. ** Please do not make checks out to Simply Ballroom!! **
Click on the link for more info about the original founding program in Brooklyn, NY: www.danceforpd.org