DANCE: THE NEW PARKINSON’S REMEDY
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.