To dance is human; people of all ages and levels of motor ability express movements in response to music.
Professional dancers exert a great deal of creativity and energy toward developing their skills and different styles of dance.
How dancers move in beautiful and sometimes unexpected ways can delight, and the synchrony between dancers moving together can be entrancing.
To us as a neuroscientist and biomechanist (Lena), and a rehabilitation scientist and dancer (Madeleine), understanding the complexities of motor skill in a ballet move, or the physical language of coordination in partner dance, is an inspiring and daunting challenge.
Dance Through Parkinson’s – Classes are every Tuesday from 1:30 to 3:00 PM at Rudy A. Ciccotti Recreation Center, 30 Aviation Road, Albany, NY 12205, (518) 867-8920 – $5.00 per class***
P4P – Pedaling for Parkinson’s – Saratoga YMCA no charge – Monday & Friday – phone (518) 583-9622
P4P – Duanesburg/Delanson YMCA – Monday’s and Thursday’s (518) 895-9500 member’s free, non-members $6.00.
P4P – Southern Saratoga (Clifton Park YMCA) – Monday, Wednesday, Friday- members free, non-members $5.00 – phone (518) 371-2139
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
P4P – Glenville YMCA – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday– Members free, non-members $5.00—phone (518) 399-8118
Neuromotor Wellness – Glenville YMCA – Monday’s 12 noon – 1:15 PM.
P4P – Troy YMCA – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Members free, non-members $5.00– (518) 272-5900
P4P – Guilderland YMCA – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Member’s Free, non-members $5.00-Contact Chris Wilson – (518) 456-3634 ext 1140 for more information
P4P– Bethlehem YMCA – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Parkinson’s Wellness Class Thursdays 12 N -1:45 Cost $45 for 7 weeks –– Phone (518) 439-4394 Contact the Y for more information
Schott’s Boxing, 21 Vatrano Road, Albany, NY 12205 (518) 641-9064- Friday’s 10:00 AM -The cost is $10.00 for the initial visit which covers the cost of the hand wraps. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Burek (518) 428-0056.
Rock Steady Boxing Oswego, 209 Oswego Street #12, Liverpool, NY. Classes are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Contact Jeannette Riley (315) 622-2332 for assessment appointment and more information. Check Website CNY.rsbaffiliate.com for class information.
Rock Steady Boxing Syracuse at the Centers at St. Camilus, 813 Fay Road, Syracuse, NY 13219, Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45 – 1:15. Call for information, (315) 488-2112
Yoga Class- Thursday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider..
For those who haven’t tried the local Dance for PD class which is held weekly at the Ciccotti center off Wolf Rd, this will give you a taste of what the class is like.
Here is information about our local class. – CLASSES MEET EVERY TUESDAY FROM 1:30 TO 3:00 (no class on July 4th) at Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center – 30 Aviation Road – Albany, 12205 – (518) 867-8920
Live from Brooklyn:
Dance for PD
Wednesday, June 21
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.
No registration required—just click below at the scheduled time.
Class taught by John Heginbotham | Music by William Wade
Can’t make it? Click here to enjoy archived classes.
CLASSES MEET EVERY TUESDAY FROM 1:30 TO 3:00
Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center
30 Aviation Road – Albany, 12205 – (518) 867-8920
Partners and caregivers welcome.
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.
Video of classes conducted at Canada National Ballet School
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.