Dancing Through Parkinson’s

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”

I recently attended one of these classes.  If there is a Dance for Parkinson’s Class in your community, check it out.  It is a lot of fun.

I run the Dancing Through Parkinson’s program in Los Angeles through Invertigo Dance Theatre (www.invertigodance.org/parkinsons) and we have had many people with other neurological diseases attend our classes because they help improve their lives physically and emotionally. Just like people living with Parkinson’s, people who have Multiple Sclerosis, Dystonia, and even those who are recovering from a stoke all benefit from the challenges of a dance class like balance, mind-body connection, moving fluidly, hand-eye coordination and gait. Dance classes are not only good for exercise but they also create strong community and help connect people with one another which can be super important for those dealing with the isolating effects of neurological conditions. We encourage all our students, whether they have Parkinson’s or not to find creativity and joy through movement and I think that is so empowering for someone who is grappling with any kind of issues that inhibit their ability to move. The act of changing the focus to what you cannot do with your body, to what you can do, and to do it gracefully, is such a good experience for people dealing with neurological conditions. So I will end saying that if you ever wanted to try dance, feel free to come to any of our 5 classes in Los Angeles whether you have Parkinson’s or not. We have both weekly and monthly classes through out the city.

Sofia Klass