Power of dance has positive effects on Parkinson’s

The specialised Dance for Parkinson�s program established in the United States runs locally every Friday at 11am until June 19 for a gold coin donation.

Launched at the centre this month, the pilot program was designed to physically and mentally benefit people suffering from the progressive neurological condition.

Parkinson�s WA community liaison officer Randy Baker said the program integrated movement from contemporary, ballet, rap, folk and social dancing to engage participants’ minds and bodies. �It emphasises dancing for dancing’s sake while addressing Parkinson’s specific concerns such as balance, flexibility, co-ordination, gait, social isolation and depression,� she said.

�Participants are encouraged to approach movement like dancers rather than patients.

�Seated and standing moves are demonstrated and no previous knowledge or skills are assumed, yet even accomplished dancers can feel extended.�