Dance/Movement Therapy

Laurie is in the process of becoming a trained Dance Instructor for Dance For Parkinson's Disease (and other motion disorders) and is looking for a certified dance teacher and a location in which to run this group.  This dance program utilizes a live musician!  The first part of the class is done sitting, the second part is done while standing nd holding on to the back of a chair and ends with a group dance such as pictured above.  This group will leave you with an improved mood, increased energy and a true sense of belonging.  Our group provides data for a research project out of York University on How Dance Effects the Brain. Contact Laurie today to set up a session for your group!

Why Dance for PD

The ten points below explain why dance is particularly beneficial for people with Parkinson’s disease.
They are demonstrated in the “Why Dance for Parkinson’s Disease?” DVD (click here).

  1. Dance develops flexibility and instills confidence.
  2. Dance is first and foremost a stimulating mental activity that connects mind to body.
  3. Dance breaks isolation.
  4. Dance invokes imagery in the service of graceful movement.
  5. Dance focuses attention on eyes, ears and touch as tools to assist in movement and balance.
  6. Dance increases awareness of where all parts of the body are in space.
  7. Dance tells stories.
  8. Dance sparks creativity.
  9. The basis of dance is rhythm.
  10. The essence of dance is joy.