Everyone at every age and with all levels of experience (or none at all) is invited to experience the joy that comes from dancing in a Dance Wise for Parkinson's class!
Think about how you begin to learn any new skill. It takes time, repetition and a clear vocabulary that informs the “how” while a skilled instructor demonstrates and guides. This holds true for dancers starting out at any age and level of mobility or coordination. With an open mind, a few bobbles, and loads of joyful explorations to expand the mind and body, within a few classes, a studio full of dancers emerges!
Just imagine a beginning piano student attempting to create a complete piano piece without first acquiring a working knowledge of notes, harmony, and rhythm. Or a computer programmer attempting to write instructions that a computer will understand without a thorough understanding of the language of code. Although dance is the most natural form of expression for humans (it was your first mode of human communication as an infant!), learning and becoming a comfortable and confident creative dancer takes a little time, novel repetition of guided dance explorations, a structured learning environment, and a vocabulary upon which the steps and skills are built.
Elena Diehl is a dancer, dance educator, and dance enthusiast sharing her passion with you in the studio every week! Stop by the blog to get a sneak peek into each week's dance concept.