University of Calgary

Using Dance as Parkinson's therapy

Neuroscientist teams up with University of Calgary Dance and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in innovative program

Feb. 3, 2014

As part of an innovative new research study by the University of Calgary Division of Dance, neuroscientist Dr. Afra Foroud and community partners Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and Parkinson Alberta are examining the therapeutic effects of a dance program for people living with Parkinson's disease. Dancing/Parkinson's uses weekly dance classes as a therapeutic tool for Parkinson's patients to improve practical motor skills while providing an avenue for community building and emotional expression.

WHAT:     Media availability at a Dancing/Parkinson's class.                
WHEN:     Please call to arrange an interview.                              
          February 4, 2014 classes run from 12:45 - 1:45 p.m. and 2:15-3:15.
          The period between 1:45-2:15 is the best opportunity to speak with
           dance class participants and teachers.                           
WHERE:    DECIDEDLY JAZZ DANCEWORKS, 1514 4 St SW, Calgary.                 
          Street parking is available on 15 Ave S.W. and there is an Impark
           lot on 4 St. S.W.                                                
WHO:      Professor Anne Flynn, University of Calgary, Kinesiology/Dance    
          Dr. Afra Foroud, Neuroscientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor   
           University of Calgary                                            
          Vicki Adams Willis, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Founder in         
          Dancing/Parkinson's participants