DANCE: THE NEW PARKIN­SON’S REM­EDY

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held a teacher train­ing work­shop last May, hosted by Queens­land Bal­let. It led to cre­ation of classes in Can­berra, Vic­to­ria, Syd­ney and Nowra on the NSW south coast.

“Each par­tic­i­pant has a unique ex­pe­ri­ence and what ap­pears to be a small change could be in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant,” Leven­thal says. “One woman was frozen in her chair. Over time, she started to mir­ror what we were do­ing. In her eyes was a real sense of joy. Her move­ments were small and her ex­pres­sion just a flicker but the change spoke vol­umes. An­other women came back from a wed­ding and said that thanks to the class she’d the con­fi­dence and stamina to dance the whole time.” In 2011, a re­search project by the English Na­tional Bal­let and the Univer­sity of Roe­hamp­ton in Lon­don found that Dance for PD im­proves sta­bil­ity and short­term mo­bil­ity. The same year, a Ger­man study showed that Dance for PD eased rigid­ity, im­proved mo­bil­ity and fa­cial ex­pres­sion and had pos­i­tive ef­fects on so­cial life and over­all health and well­be­ing.

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