Dance for Parkinson’s: Where culture, health and wellbeing intersect David Leventhal | Program Director, Dance for PD | Mark Morris Dance Group | Brooklyn, NY USA
How might the intersection of dance and Parkinson’s serve as a model for the field?
Parkinson’s provides a window into the aging process. What can learn from it?
Parkinson’s demonstrates the potential for permanent medicalization
Parkinson’s demonstrates the potential for permanent medicalization while simultaneously suggesting a different model.
What gets addressed? Movement sequencing Cognition Rhythm/musicality Expression Flexibility Social interaction Strength Self-esteem Adherence Postural stability Relationship with partners Mood Gait Tremor Creativity Memory Aesthetics
Where dance (and the arts) pull ahead Cognition Rhythm/musicality Movement sequencing (phrasing) Expression Social interaction Self-esteem Adherence Mood Relationship with partners Memory Creativity Aesthetics
Cognition Choreography: William Forsythe
Aesthetic goals Mark Morris’L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
Narrative/meaning Mark Morris’ Romeo and Juliet Mark Morris’ Dido and Aeneas
Dance for PD in performance: Brooklyn Parkinson Group at Mark Morris Center
Relationships/Interaction/Community Mark Morris Dance Group in L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
Dance can help us build the case for the important role of arts and culture in healthy aging
Dance can help us build the case for the important role of arts and culture in healthy aging and in chronic disease management
Dance for Parkinson’s best practices may be useful to the field as we move forward
1. Focus on the art form—speak the language of dance, not disease. Participants are dancers, not patients.
2. Listen to our communities. Participants have a seat at the table.
3. Rethink the way we measure impact—focus on changes in people and in organizations rather than on numbers.