Parkinson’s patients ease their symptoms with dance and ballet
April 9, 2018
Approximately 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every year, and while the cure for the illness is yet to be found, many are finding solace in dance therapy.
In Arizona, Dance for Parkinson’s classes are offered in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Sun City and Tucson. Professionally-trained dancers instruct patients dance routines and ballet basics to keep their bodies moving.
“Dance class is great because it’s not like a gym class where you’re just working one muscle at a time,” Dance Instructor Debbie Braganza says. “Dance takes you in all different directions and moves a lot of different muscles.”
The classes also give people the opportunity to meet others who are also dealing with the disease. Some use the class because it gives them the opportunity to gain back control.
“I don’t feel like I’m in control,” Ed Coyoli, a Parkinson’s patient, says. “I know I can’t do what I used to do but I have a passion for it. I would rather do it as a dancer and a singer because those are my two passions. I’m using that to fight off the disease.”
For more information on the dance classes, go to balletaz.com.