When Barbara Salsberg Mathews tweeted a video of herself dancing on February 25, 2023, she didn’t expect to receive such an amazing response. Within just a few short days, her tweet “Parkinson’s Disease can’t stop me from dancing” had received over 15,000 views.
Even more amazingly, many other people living with Parkinson’s began replying by posting videos of themselves dancing. What started as an optimistic and defiant tweet against Parkinson’s had become a mini-internet sensation. This gave Barbara an idea. Together, with founding PD Avenger member, Richelle Flanagan, Dopamine dance against PD was born.
To raise awareness about Parkinson’s and World Parkinson’s Day you’re invited to participate in the Dopamine Dance online. Whether you’re a person living with Parkinson’s, care partner or just want to help the cause, take a video of yourself busting out your greatest dance moves and post them on social media starting on April 3 until World Parkinson’s day on April 11.
Dance is a powerful form of self-expression and has even been linked to benefits for people living with Parkinson’s disease. Be sure to share your video using the tags #dancepartypd, #dance4parkinsons and #dopaminedancepd starting on April 3 and encourage others to do the same.
Together let’s spread the message that Parkinson’s can’t stop us from dancing!
If you’re looking for some inspiration, take a peek at Barbara’s original tweet to see her dance moves as well as some of the people who replied to her.
Join the Dopamine dance against PD.