1113 Lincoln Ave
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: +1 906 2361457
E-mail: marge@ dancezonemqt.org
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Sundays - Contras and Community Dance
Mondays - Square Dance class and Mainstream session
Salsa Exercise Class, International Folk Dance
Thursdays - Ballroom Class
Saturdays - Square and Ballroom Dances
New at Dance Zone: We now offer a class in Movement and Dance for Those with Parkinson's Disease. The class is jointly sponsored by Dance Zone and Lake Superior Hospice. Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-3:15 PM and Saturdays, 1-2:15 PM.
Our class is based on Dance for PD class developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn.
– Press Release –
Dance Zone to Offer Dancing and Movement for Those with Parkinson’s Disease Class.
Parkinson’s Disease affects around 1.5 million Americans each year. The disease is characterized by movement disorders, such as tremors, postural instability, difficulty in walking and controlling movement. The Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn developed the Dancing for PD program in 2001; this program has had considerable success in reducing the symptoms and delaying their progression.
Dance Zone is now offering a dance program based on the Mark Morris Dancing for PD program. Marge Sklar, owner of Dance Zone and teacher in the PD dance program, has recently studied with the Brooklyn group and is working on full-fledged certification in this style. Our program is based on the Brooklyn program, but takes UP culture and weather into consideration as well. All movements in the class can be done from either a seated or a standing position. One class member recently remarked “Who would have thought you could get so much movement in while sitting in a chair?!” Absolutely no dance experience is required. Class is geared toward those who come on a particular day and fun is guaranteed!
Studies show that dancing can: improve quality of life; improve balance, gait and postural stability; decrease or lessen severity of tremor; reduce the likelihood of falls; decrease rigidity often associated with PD; improve control over hand and facial muscles. Furthermore, the benefits of dance often carry over into everyday life competencies.
Those who are ready to take control over their Parkinson’s symptoms are encouraged to come to one or several of our Dancing and Movement for Those with Parkinson’s sessions. The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:15 PM and Saturdays from 1-2:15 PM at Dance Zone, 1113 Lincoln Ave, Marquette. The class is open to anyone with Parkinson’s and their families and caregivers. There is no charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. This class is jointly sponsored by Lake Superior Hospice and Dance Zone. For more information, call Marge at 906-236-1457.
The ten points below explain why dance is particularly beneficial for people with Parkinson’s disease. They are demonstrated in the “Why Dance for Parkinson’s Disease?” DVD (http://danceforparkinsons.org/resources/video-resources)