Dancers step up for parkinsons sufferers
Parkinsons disease sufferers got some dance training with the pros last Friday.
The Mark Morris Dance group, who will perform at the Civic this month, spent two hours working with a group from Parkinsons Auckland.
Dancers David Leventhal and John Heginbotham went through a series of simple dance movements with the group.
Parkinsons Auckland field officer Cilla Barkhuizen says there was a very positive outcome for all the participants.
She says a talk from the dancers at the end of the session about the importance of not just exercising but having fun doing it was especially interesting.
“Stimulating mobility and movement in that setting with real dancers who can enthuse and stretch people is hugely beneficial,” Ms Barkhuizen says.
Parkinsons Auckland offers several exercise programmes but Thursday’s session with the Mark Morris dancers was a one-off experience, she says.
She says the enthusiasm and passion of the dancers “just shone through”.
“We are incredibly grateful to them. People with parkinsons don’t always get these opportunities.”
People with the disease are encouraged to exercise every day.
“It’s not going to cure parkinsons but it may change their mobility achievements” Ms Barkhuizen says.
The Mark Morris Dance Group is based in Brooklyn where their dance groups for people with parkinsons have become so popular they now hold them twice a week.
For more information on Parkinsons Auckland or their exercise programmes call 278-6918 or email aklparkin firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get moving: Graeme and Maureen Drummond practise some dance exercises with the Mark Morris Dance Group.