DANCING WITH PARKINSON’S @ QBSC
NEXT SESSION BEGINS JANUARY 11, 2018
Thursdays from 11am to 12pm
Classes run for 8 weeks to March 1, 2018
TO REGISTER, PLEASE CONTACT LAURA RYAN AT email@example.com
DANCING WITH PARKINSON’S … A DESCRIPTION
Dancing with Parkinson’s classes are dance classes, not exercise or fitness. The focus is aesthetics and imagination causing dancers to move with grace, invoke creativity and emotion, and develop their mind-body connection. Through classes, the symptoms of Parkinson’s can be allieviated. During class, dancers stretch and strengthen their muscles while creating flexibility and range of motion. As range of motion increases, so does balance and gait. The rhythmic music helps dancers evade usual movement patterns which include shuffling and freezing motions. Group dances are used to connect dancers physically and emotionally to each other as well as to the class as a community.
Laura Ryan, born in St. Louis, Missouri, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Arts in International Human Rights from Webster University. She worked as a freelance dance artist in St. Louis, creating and performing work for ANNONYArts and Leverage Dance Theatre. From 2013 to 2015, Laura worked as an ‘English as a Second Language’ teacher in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Once she settled in Canada, she volunteered with danceABILITIES, an organization in Toronto, Ontario that has group dance classes for seniors with disabilities. During this time, she also completed the Dance for PD teaching and advanced workshops with David Leventhal and Sarah Robichaud. Laura is now invested in the Quinte community by volunteering locally with the Salvation Army and the Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte, as well as facilitating Dancing With Parkinson’s @ QBSC.
Fall Class 2017 – picture by Andrew Ryan