What Goes On In Class?
Most of the dances are designed to be done either sitting or standing, depending on the strength and inclination of the dancer. Many students start out in the chair and progress to getting up unassisted and/or moving across the floor.
There’s a final element to the classes that can’t be measured, and that is JOY. Many people say that the power of dance makes them look forward to getting up in the morning, or that they find themselves dancing to the radio, even on a day when they feel achy or tired.
ANYONE CAN DANCE® is derived from the format and methodology of Dance for Parkinsons. Information available at www.danceforparkinsons.org. We are deeply grateful to The Parkinson Council of Philadelphia and the Aaron Family Fund for Movement, who make our local Dance for PD classes possible.
These classes follow the template of traditional ballet or modern classes, using adaptive choreography that can be done in a chair, supported behind a chair or at a barre, or moving across the floor. In addition to steel-case chairs, props such as scarves, tambourines and maracas, hats and canes provide an additional challenge of coordination as we as the sheen of professionalism. Some classes work toward performance, but that is not a requirement for every dancer!
We experiment with many forms of dance, including ballet, tap, modern, jazz, Flamenco, ballroom, square dance, soft shoe, and folk dances from around the world. The music we use—Big Band, Swing, Motown, Broadway (and sometimes classical) evokes an era well known to those in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.