Dance, whether or not you think you are good at it, as it is one of our most human forms of expression.

For patients with Parkinson’s Disease though, dance can be more than creative expression, it can be a form of therapy!

Source: Dance for PD

Today we are going to introduce you to Dance for PD, a beautiful organization dedicated to changing the lives of patients with Parkinson’s Disease, a long-term neurological disorder that progressively impacts a patient’s motor systems.

Dance for PD is a dance therapy specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s Disease. These classes help patients around the world regain some of the motor and cognitive function that the disease has impacted.

Beyond improved mobility and balance, Dance for PD gives patients a unique sense of community and confidence, take a look…

Via: Stanford 1

Beautiful, right?

We should never underestimate the transformative power of our creativity. Whether through art therapy, story telling, or musical expression, we can explore so much of what makes us human through the act of creating.

Even more importantly, Dance for PD points to the magic that can happen when creativity is allowed to collide with science! What do we miss when we allow the traditional boundaries between art and science–or in this case dance and medicine–to stay in place? I watch something like this and am so thankful for the innovators out there who turn “traditional” silos of thought and find ways to bridge them. So often, great ideas sit at the intersections between disciplines.

As long as we share this planet with people seeing the world in terms of connection, it will live in an amazing world!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. “Why People with Parkinson’s Are Dancing at Stanford’s Neuroscience Health Center.”YouTube. Stanford, 21 Feb. 2017. Web. 22 Mar. 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BzOPrOs1E0>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV

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