Of all the possible forms of movement that have been developed for people living with Parkinson's, the two that I most wished were available in Mississippi were a boxing gym and dance for PD. One wish has been granted. Damce for PD is being offered at Millsaps College every Monday night this fall.
You might ask how I could be excited? I'm still not walking independently, how could I dance?
At Dance for PD, you soon realize that even if you are seated, you can be dancing.
Yesterday a Dance for PD workshop was offered. It was taught by two of the founding teachers of the program: Misty Owens and David Leventhal. It was a challenge to each person mind and body.it was also one of the kindest experiences I have had. When the class stood to dance with a chair for support, I tried it. When I realized it was too much standing amd I should sit, one of the class leaders sat, too. And showed me how to execute each step in a chair. Any time it seemed like sitting out was the only possibility, a teacher was right there to show us how to dance while seated.
I won't always have to dance from my chair but I will always remember thus particular way the teachers were kind.
The class willl be Mondays at 6 pm in the MAC at Millsaps. It is free to people with Parkinson's.