Parkinson Canada in collaboration with Canada’s National Ballet School and Dance for PD® is bringing the acclaimed Dancing with Parkinson’s (DWP) exercise program to Sault Ste. Marie. The pilot program will run for 8-weeks, free of charge under the guidance of local Studio Directors from Elite Dance Force, Kaitlin Pelletier and Christina Trevisan.
Technology is allowing the livestream of classes from the studio at National Ballet School in Toronto while participants gather at Elite Dance Force in the Soo.
People living with Parkinson’s of every age, stage and ability are invited to experience the joys and benefits of dance while creatively addressing Parkinson’s-specific concerns.
Studies show that the area of the brain affected by PD is also used while dancing and demonstrate that dance is uniquely beneficial. Dance appears to meet many, if not all, of the recommended components for exercise programs designed for individuals with PD. The benefits of dance include improved balance and gait function as well as improved quality of life. Beyond the physical benefits, dance encourages social inclusion and personal and artistic expression, which could lead to benefits in areas of depression and anxiety. A number of leading neurologists and movement disorder specialists include Dancing with Parkinson’s classes among a shortlist of recommended activities for their patients.
More details of the Dancing with Parkinson’s pilot are as follows:
· The 8-week pilot program will begin Thursday, Jan 10th and will run every Thursday until Feb 8th.
· The location will be at the Elite Dance Force Studio, 477 Queen St E, Sault Ste. Marie.
· Classes will run from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
· There is no cost for this 8-week pilot program.
· Previous dancing experience is not required. Classes begin with seated dancing, followed by dancing in a standing position. Standing sections of the class include seated options for those who prefer to continue dancing in a seated position.
· Participants are asked to dress in comfortable attire. Class can be done in soft dance slippers, socks, or non-marking/clean street shoes.
· Classes are designed to be physically, cognitively, and creatively stimulating and incorporate a variety of different musical and dance styles.
· Care Partners are invited to observe/volunteer during the class.
Elite Dance Force Studio
477 Queen St E, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5N2
To get to the studio please use the Bay Street entrance. Turn left off of Bay Street into the March Street parking lot. We will have some people outside to greet you, and guide you to the Dance Studio.