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DANCE 462 - features

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Feature articles from DANCE magazine 462 (Jan-March 2013). Including 'The Theraputic Powers of Dance', 'Dancers Among Us', 'The Fluidity of Dance', and 'Making the Right Moves - Choreography and Copyright'.
Feature articles from DANCE magazine 462 (Jan-March 2013). Including 'The Theraputic Powers of Dance', 'Dancers Among Us', 'The Fluidity of Dance', and 'Making the Right Moves - Choreography and Copyright'.

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issue no. 462
DANCE
FEATURES
Dance for Parkinson’s Disease: a class with a difference
Teresa Hall shares her experience in New York
The beginning of an adventure that has no boundaries andwhere dance helps transformation occur at every class.Brooklyn (New York) 26th and 27th June 2012. A workshopdivided into eight modules, going from ‘what to expect’,‘teaching techniques’, ‘differentiation’ and ‘class structure’ topracticum with the class of dancers that regularly attend theclass at Brooklyn Parkinson Group, held at the Mark MorrisDance Group studios in Brooklyn.Here the emphasis is taken away from posture andtechnique to expand on the quality of movement,socialisation, artistry, and musicality.David Leventhal (Dance for PD® founding teacher) says,“The fundamentals of dancing and dance training—thingslike balance, movement sequencing, rhythm, spatial andaesthetic awareness and dynamic coordination—seem toaddress many of the things people with Parkinson’s wantto work on to maintain a sense of condence and grace intheir movements. Although participants from all over theworld tell us they nd elements of the class therapeutic, theprimary goal of our program is for people to enjoy dance fordancing’s sake in a group setting—and to explore the rangeof physical, artistic and creative possibilities that are still verymuch open to them.”
The Therapeutic Powers of Dance
We take a look at two uplifting ways in which dance can helpthe body heal physically – as well as inspire the spirit 
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DANCE
FEATURES
With his expert guidance we wereaccompanied through the ups and downs of the illness and how to look beyond it to applywhat we have to offer as dance teachers toour special students…and special they are.To see people in all stages of thedisease (from barely perceivable to almostcompletely doubled over by it) enter theroom with their partners/care workerswith various degrees of difculty, includingwheelchairs, and then watch them developthrough the class from centre work to barrework and then steps across the oor was, tosay the least, incredible. The most humbling,inspiring and deeply moving experience of my life – and as a dance teacher it opened awhole new horizon.The class is an aesthetic experience thatuses the elements of narrative, imagery, livemusic and community to develop artistryand grace while addressing such PD-specicconcerns as balance, exibility, coordination,isolation and depression.A post-class discussion with some of the participants that were willing to give usfeedback brought forth comments like, “Iforget about the Parkinson’s during the class”and, “Here it’s not about what we can’t do, butwhat we can do.”Now, having brought home to Italy thisunique experience, along with my colleague,Andrea Ingram, we hope to create awarenessand promote classes of our own wherethe saying ‘Dance is Life’ will be rst andforemost in our minds.
Teresa Hall
About Dance for PD®
Dance for PD® offers dance classes for peoplewith Parkinson’s disease in Brooklyn, NewYork and, through a network of partnersand associates, in more than 75 othercommunities around the world. An on-going non-prot collaboration between theMark Morris Dance Group and the BrooklynParkinson Group, the Dance for PD® programalso provides teacher training and nurturesrelationships among other organizations sothat classes based on their model are widelyavailable. Visit http://danceforparkinsons.orgfor more information.
Una lezione un po’ diversa
L’inizio di un’avventura senza conni dove ladanza crea trasformazioni ad ogni lezione.Brooklyn (New York) 26 e 27 Giugno 2012.Un corso diviso in 8 moduli che vanno da‘cosa aspettarti’, ‘tecniche d’insegnamento,‘differenziazione’ e ‘struttura della lezione’a pratica con una classe di ‘danzatori’ chefrequentano regolarmente la lezione delBrooklyn Parkinsons Group tenuto neglistudi della Mark Morris Dance Group aBrooklyn.Qui l’enfasi è spostato dalla postura e latecnica per concentrarsi sulla qualità delmovimento, la socializzazione, l’artisticità ela musicalità.
“The class is an aesthetic experiencethat uses the elements of narrative,imagery, live music and community todevelop artistry and grace”
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Below: Dance for PD teacher, Misty Owens leads a class at the MarkMorris Dance Center 

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