May 24, 2017 – Live from Brooklyn: Flamenco Dance & Music

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Live from Brooklyn:

Flamenco Dance & Music

Wednesday, May 24

2:15-3:30 PM (US Eastern Time)

Join us as we continue our season of live-streamed Dance for PD​® classes from the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Our Flamenco Dance & Music Master Class class includes basic technique with an emphasis on the relationship between baile (the dance) and toque (the music). Through exercises for footwork, body posture, movement and coordination, students explore flamenco style, character and expression.

No registration required—just click below at the scheduled time.

Class taught by Sophia Mintz | Music by Bernard Schaller

Can’t make it? Click here to enjoy archived classes.

Sophia Mintz

Sophia Mintz


Flamenco Dance and Music

Exercise Classes

Boxing– Friday 10:00 am  Schott’s Boxing  –  21 Vatrano Rd, Albany, NY 12205  (518) 641-9064. This boxing PD activity is in presented in partnership with Hope Soars.  The cost is $10.00 for the initial visit which covers the cost of the hand wraps. Hope Soars is partnering with Schott’s and will pay most of the membership fee which will be determined based on class size. If you have any question’s please contact Mark Burek (518) 428-0056.
P4PPedaling for Parkinson’s M/W/F @ Bethlehem Y, Delaware Ave. 12 Noon.
Call your local YMCA’s for dates & time (perhaps cost) in your area.
P4P-Pedaling for Parkinson’s – Saratoga YMCA no charge—Thursday & Friday—phone (518) 583-9622
P4P-Southern Saratoga (Clifton Park YMCA) – Monday, Wednesday, Friday- members free, non-members $5.00 – phone (518) 371-2139
P4P-Glenville YMCA –  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday– Members free, non-members $5.00—phone (518) 399-8118
P4P-Duansburg/Delanson YMCA –  Monday, Thursday– Members free, non-members $6.00—phone (518) 895-9500
P4P-Troy YMCA – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Members free, non-members $5.00– (518) 272-5900
P4P – Wednesday, Friday, Parkinson’s Wellness Class Thursdays 12 N -1:45 Cost $45 for 7 weeks – Bethlehem YMCA – 900 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054 – Phone (518) 439-4394 Contact the Y for more information
PWR PD Wellness Recovery – 6 wk classes run independently by local YMCA’s. Bethlehem Y: call (518) 439-4394 for dates/times/cost $$
PWR PD Wellness Recovery – Thursday 10:30 $45/7 weeks Clifton Park Y: call (518) 439-2139 for more.
** PWR – Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery Class Thursdays 10:30 – 11:45 Cost $45 for 7 weeks – Clifton Park YMCA – 1 Wall Street, Clifton Park, NY 12065 – Phone (518) 371-2139 Contact the Y for more information
Thursdays Dance Class– Dance Theater of Syracuse, 117 Harvard Place, Syracuse, NY (504) 570-0752 1:45 – 3:00 PM
Tuesday Yoga Class- Heartspace Yoga and Healing Arts, 747 Madison Avenue, Albany, 12208, Donation is requested. Class is for Parkinson’s Patients and their family/caregivers, for information call Instructor Tamara Cookingham (518) 495-3239
Thursday Yoga Class- Honest Weight Coop, 100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany, NY, Free for Parkinson’s Patients and their family/caregivers, for information call Instructor Tamara Cookingham (518) 495-3239  
Dance for PD from home – 
Yoga classes online every Wednesday live or view archived.  



Dancing Might Help Prevent Parkinson’s, Recent Research Points Out

Dancing helps prevent Parkinson’s disease, obesity, dementia, depression and anxiety, says Dr. Patricia Bragg, CEO of organic health company Bragg Live Food Products.“New studies show that dancing increases your memory and helps prevent a wide variety of diseases such as Alzheimer’s,” Bragg said in a press release.

Bragg’s father, Dr. Paul C. Bragg, was the originator of health stores in the United States, in 1912. For both father and daughter, dancing became a way of life.

Today, the 87-year-old Bragg sees herself as a crusader, born to carry on her father’s health movement, which pioneered many approaches that today would be considered “‘alternative medicine.”

“I have been dancing all of my life, and it’s not surprising to me that medical science is proving what I’ve known all along,” said Bragg.

Dancing has indeed been shown to help people with Parkinson’s recover balance and muscle control, as well as to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s dementia by 50 percent, which is expected to strike nearly 14 million Americans over the next 30 years.

“Think of the millions who can avoid this trauma simply by dancing,” said Bragg, the author of 10 best-selling “self-health” books.

According to a University of California Berkeley report, dancing has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety and stress and boost self-esteem. The New York Times also recently reported that dancing improves how the brain processes memory. Another study comparing the neurological effects of country dancing with those of walking and other activities suggested there might be something unique about social dancing.
In fact, dancing seems to increase cognitive acuity at all ages in a singular way, since they demand split-second decisions and exercise neuronal synapses. Dancing also helps keep the only neural connection to memory strong and efficient.
“My memories of dancing with Fred Astaire, Lawrence Welk, Arthur Murray and Gene Kelly are crystal-clear and so is my memory of the great time I had dancing last night,” said Bragg.

Dance Through PD Class – Every Tues at 1:30 starting June 6, 2017

Dance Through Parkinson’s

View printable flyer Dance Through Parkinson 

“The classes help me feel physically better, which helps my mood. It helps with my balance and gait issues. I have met many new friends with PD at varying levels of PD. It helps me be hopeful. The classes are a good challenge, but generally within my PD capabilities.” –Parkinson’s dance participant


(no class on July 4th)

Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center

 30 Aviation Road – Albany, 12205 – (518) 867-8920

Partners and caregivers welcome.

Persons with MS and other neuromuscular conditions welcome.

Walkers and wheelchairs welcome. No experience necessary.

$5 per class.

Teacher: Rachelle Smith-Stallman

Designed to engage participants’ minds and bodies through many styles while addressing such PD -specific issues as balance, flexibility, coordination and gait.

*Partially Supported by*

Parkinson’s Patients Could Dance Their Way to Better Health

A recent article in the Harvard Gazette suggests dance as a potential treatment for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Imaging studies have identified several brain regions involved in the complex, rhythmical, and coordinated movements that constitute dance. The motor cortex is — as with other kinds of voluntary movement — involved in planning, controlling, and executing dance moves.

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