One of the world’s most innovative therapy programs will be launched in Hamilton April 15.
Hamilton City Ballet owners Max Ratevosian and Melania Pawliw host Canada’s first Dance for Parkinson’s Program focused on classical ballet and classical music. The program will be managed by health care professional Jody White.
Dance for Parkinson’s offers ballet classes to those suffering with the neurological disease. The program, designed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group is sweeping across the U.S.
By teaching the storylines, introducing the characters, incorporating pantomime and movement, participants use both physical activity and imagination to enhance the therapy. Live music by Mate Szigeti, flute, and Anita Hiripi, violin. will enhance the program and allow for a more collaborative experience with the participants.
First classes will be based on the full length ballet Coppelia that Hamilton City Ballet is currently rehearsing.
Researchers in England and the U.S. have noticed participants show better balance, coordination, flexibility and looser muscles with the program. The goal is to slow down the effects of Parkinson’s and help people manage their symptoms, have more confidence and bring enjoyment to their lives.
The inaugural class will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, 29 Park St. W., on Monday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is free but register early as space is limited. Future classes are scheduled for Monday, May 6 and Monday., June 10 for $17 per class.
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