Dance for Parkinson’s – The essence of dance is joy

The Dance for Parkinson’s project hosted a two-day professional development event for the first time at Roehampton.

Posted: 27 June 2013

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Dance for Parkinsons
This sold out event was led by David Leventhal from Mark Morris Dance Group and members of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK.

Over the two days (21-22 June) experienced dance practitioners, musicians, graduate students, and allied arts and health professionals participated in: practical workshops, breakout sessions and Q&A sessions.

Dr Sarah Houston and her team gave an update regarding their four year study into the impact of dancing for those living with Parkinson's, which was commissioned by English National Ballet.

Delegates also watched ‘Why Dance for Parkinson's, a short MMDG film. Since opening the Dance Center in 2001, the Mark Morris Dance Group, in partnership with the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, has presented a weekly dance class for people with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers and families. This moving film highlighted how dance can help to break isolation and bring joy to those with the disease.

For more information visit: www.danceforparkinsonsuk.org and http://markmorrisdancegroup.org/

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