Parkinson's Dance Class
YMCA OF GREATER WAUKESHA COUNTY
STAY YOUNG AT HEART BY DANCING THROUGH LIFE
Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a life changing disease that effects millions of people worldwide. There are many things you can do to maintain your quality of life and live well with PD. Today, many people are looking beyond doctors alone to keep themselves well. The Y is proud to offer this wondering program geared at improving participant's movement and walking.
The Parkinson's Dance Class brings the art of dance to people living with Parkinson's disease. Class format includes warming up using a chair, center and balance work, standing, and moving across the floor while incorporating dance steps from different dance forms. Dancing is shown to help people with PD improve their ability to walk and enhances their quality of life. Classes run on a monthly-basis, meeting once a week on Thursday afternoons for 60 minutes.
The class is modeled after The Dance for PD® approach which began in 2001 when Olie Westheimer, the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, approached the Mark Morris Dance Group from Brooklyn, with her idea of using dance as a beneficial activity for people with Parkinson's disease. Since then the program has grown to be offered at more than 100 sites in 13 countries around the world. Through this model, instructors use imagery, rhythm, and dance steps drawn from a variety of dance forms to help people with PD improve their coordination, mobility, and flexibility.
Expert, Caring Instructors
The Parkinson's Dance Class is taught by a Y staff person with extensive experience in Personal Training with an emphasis on Movement Disorders and/or has completed the Mark Morris Dance Group/Brooklyn Parkinson Group's Dance for PD® Professional Development Workshop.
According to research published in the Journal of Neural Transmission, dancing is shown to help people with PD improve their ability to walk and enhances their quality of life. The Brooklyn Parkinson Group and the Mark Morris Dance Group studied the benefits of Dance for PD® in patients with idiopathic PD. They concluded that "the combined physical and psychological benefits participants experienced suggest that through exercise, camaraderie and the simple joy of movement, dance classes are an effective way of ending the isolation and inactivity that too often define living with PD." Through their research, they completed a standardized measurement of overall mobility and participants after 8 weeks and 1 sessions showed a 10.4% improvement in overall movement and a 26.7% improvement in walking.
West Suburban YMCA
2420 N. 124th Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Fitness & Wellness Director