VSA Florida is pleased to collaborate with the City of St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department in presenting, Dancing Through Parkinson’s, a dance class targeted at enhancing the overall quality of life for those who have Parkinson’s Disease through creative expression, social interaction, and exercise. Please click here to view a video of a "Dancing Through Parkinson's" class provided by teaching artist, Cynthia Alicea. You may RSVP for the class at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This multiweek program, offered at no charge through the support of VSA Florida, Senior Citizens Services of Pinellas County and Healthy St. Pete, is designed to nourish creativity while providing physical and mental exercise accompanied by music for individuals with Parkinson’s and their caregiver or companion.
The eight-week session begins on Tuesday, January 9 at the Azalea Recreation Center, 1600 72nd Street N, St. Petersburg, 10:45 AM -12 PM.
Research supports the benefits of such programs:
• The Creativity and Aging Study found that “art programs” run by professional artists had positive effects (better health, fewer doctor visits, and less medication usage) on the participants.
• Students and teachers from Parkinson’s dance classes report marked improvements not only in physical symptoms but also in dancers’ and caregivers’ “states of mind.”
• The National Parkinson’s Foundation and other studies have found that “exercise” can improve gait, balance, tremor, flexibility, grip strength, and motor coordination in those with PD.
• Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine discovered that dance can decidedly improve “brain” health.
As a private not-for-profit organization, VSA Florida’s mission is to provide, support, and champion the arts for and by people with disabilities throughout the state. VSA Florida is a member of the VSA Affiliate Network, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and is headquartered at the David C. Anchin Center, College of Education, University of South Florida