Student Spotlight – Glenda

Meet our beautiful participant, Glenda!

Glenda has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and didn’t know about the beneficial power of Ballroom Dance until she visited her Neurologist’s office and learned about our program! Since enrolling, Glenda has improved her posture, her balance and her coordination! We’d like to think that we helped make that beautiful smile even brighter.

Our Late Fall Semester is about to wrap up and we’re having a party to celebrate! Come join us at Londance Studio at 27261 “J” La Paz Rd in Laguna Niguel, CA on December 18 at 7:45pm. We’ll be dancing the dances we learned over the last semester, hosting a silent auction to support classes in the new year, and having a great time! Hope to see you there!

Looking to make a charitable contribution before the end of the year? Consider supporting people like Glenda and making a donation to Rx Ballroom Dance today.

Student Spotlight – Azi

Meet Simon and her mother “Azi”. Simon knew from recommendations of her doctors that getting her Mom out dancing was one of the healthiest she could do for Azi’s dementia. But private dance classes are expensive and, more importantly, Simon wanted to be there to support her Mom in class, not just stand by.

This is why Rx Ballroom Dance is different. After a few weeks of joining Rx Ballroom Dance classes, both Simon and Azi are loving every cha cha cha. Simon gets to be her mother’s dance partner, so Azi feels safe and relaxed. They both get to dance for the lesson and we can’t tell who is having more fun! Best of all, classes are free of charge so the financial restriction is never a problem.

These classes bring joy not only in to the lives of those affected by neurological disease, but their family members as well. A program built to foster connection, posture, balance and rhythm for participants and their families works.

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Student Spotlight – Eileen

Eileen and Patricia

Meet participant Eileen (left) and her friend Patricia (right). Eileen jokes that if someone is going to get diagnosed with something, she has already had it. A brain tumor, a stroke, dystonia and now breast cancer, she has a feisty fighting spirit! Eileen already knows what the other participants of Rx Ballroom Dance have figured out- if you want to keep your brain and body healthy, keep on dancing!

Eileen’s biggest obstacle continues to be her balance and coordination from the struggles with dystonia (involuntary muscle contractions). But Eileen is a fighter and is determined to get the steps correct. She gets the student of the week alert for amazing concentration and determination while working on her core and posture! Go Eileen!

Your support allows us to continue programming for amazing participants like Eileen. Since classes are free of charge, she doesn’t have to worry about any expenses as she fights the good fight for the health of her brain and body. Consider donating to continue providing classes to amazing women like Eileen.

Student Spotlight – Lilian

Step by step, day by day, consistency is key.

Our rockstar Lillian has never missed a class and has shown incredible growth! A great grandmother of seven, she has no intention of letting Parkinson’s disease slow her down! With the help of her volunteer partner Curt, Lillian’s speed, coordination, balance and reaction time has skyrocketed in just four short weeks!

Additionally, Lillian loved the waltz but hasn’t danced it in decades. Dancing the beautiful waltz every week and surrounded by participants who also love to dance is an absolute highlight!

Can you help make a difference in someone’s life? Consider volunteering or donating today. Classes are always completely free for participants.

Student Spotlight – Dave

I met Dave at a Rock Steady Boxing class (boxing classes for people with Parkinson’s) and he was already an extremely active and proactive guy! After trying a little salsa and cha cha he made the decision that the Rx Ballroom Dance Program was the perfect activity to add to his already busy schedule of keeping his brain healthy.

Even though Dave is very active, he struggles with the same thing most Parkinson’s patients struggle with: the disease robs the brain of dopamine and getting the left and right coordination centers going first thing in the morning can be slow and challenging. During our cha cha, he would consistently lament: “my brain understands but my feet aren’t listening!” But in our class, we don’t hold back!

Within three weeks, we learned several patterns including syncopation, forward and back movement, side to side as well as rotation. Wouldn’t you know…Dave’s feet that weren’t listening at first now cha-cha-cha with greater ease and rhythm.

We are thrilled to see such great progress with each and every one of our participants. Will you be next?

Contact us to find out about how to enroll in our Rx Ballroom Dance classes. You can also volunteer like our pictured Sylvia or donate to help our cause.

Student Spotlight – Rick

Meet Rick and his wife Rosie! Rick was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and the pair found out about Rx Ballroom Dance classes at a Parkinson’s support group meeting. The two admitted they never knew about the benefits of ballroom dance until they took their first cha cha cha.

The road isn’t always smooth. On their first day, Rick struggled with “freezing”- a common struggle for people with Parkinson’s. Just three weeks later, Rick no longer has freezing and can syncopate the rhythm in his feet with ease! Not to mention, Rick and Rosie are smiling, laughing and breaking a sweat!

Interested in learning how you can improve your mind, body and spirit with ballroom dance? Contact us today!

All of Rx Ballroom Dance classes are 100% free to participants. Please consider supporting our program with a donation.

Student Spotlight – Alan

This is Alan and he has been to every class during our Rx Ballroom Dance summer session. Alan has been diagnosed with severe Alzheimer’s and struggles to remember basic information. Additionally the disease has robbed him of his normal speech patterns so regular social conversations can seem frustrating and hard to carry on.

The first day I met him, he was embarrassed about his perceived disabilities. But Alan loves to dance. He just lost his confidence to be in regular social situations.

Ballroom dance accesses new neural pathways to build new motor function skills. Alan couldn’t remember my name, but he remembered the merengue without needing any review. He couldn’t remember his birthday, but he waltzed for over 5 minutes without ever once missing a step. He sang along to the music. He experienced joy. This class was not about his disability. It was about enhancing the quality of his life.

Six weeks later and Alan has seen improvement in balance, coordination and his overall ability to remember directions. It did not happen in a day, but consistent practice and showing up every week has made a huge difference.

Your support gave Alan this opportunity. Thank you to everyone who has donated, volunteered and contributed to make a difference.

Fall program starts Monday, August 5th and we can’t wait for our new group of Fall students to experience the prescription of Rx Ballroom Dance!

Student Spotlight – James

James was the very first participant in the Rx Ballroom Dance program when he came to me devastated and struggling with Ontiponticular Cerebral Atrophy- a brain atrophy disease that degenerates your movement, balance and coordination center.

It’s been 6 months of lessons now, once a week for 30-45 minutes and James’ path hasn’t been perfectly smooth. The first three months saw a huge increase in balance, posture, ability to remember choreography and stamina. He went from not being able to stand on his own, to walking nearly a mile a day without assistance. A little tango went a long way.

But the cerebral atrophy continued to do its damage and James still struggled with balance and coordination. It manifested itself in his speech and vision patterns. He stopped improving. We sought more physical therapy based activities. It felt like the harder I tried as his teacher the more walls I would meet to improvement.

But more research and more analysis showed that harping on technique was NOT the answer. Utilizing rhythm- to help generate and coordinate the missing synapses in his neuro activity was the key. Every time I put on the music, his coordination improved and his balance became exceptional. I alone cannot stop his disease, but the power of cross coordination and rhythm can build new neuro pathways that can improve movement.

Additionally, having a partner, someone to help you in your journey through dance, is key to feeling supported and engaged. James is just one of our participants benefiting from the power of ballroom dance.

Considering volunteering or donating today to help us continue building the program to help more people like James!


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