Rx Ballroom Dance’s mission is to use ballroom dance to preserve and enhance the quality of life in people who are confronting neurological conditions. Our program consists of weekly ballroom dance classes specifically designed to engage both the body and mind to alleviate symptoms of diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
This program is supported by community grants from the Parkinson’s Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Is this program right for me?
Studies have shown that ballroom dance is one of the most effective ways to promote healthy neurological function. The Rx Ballroom Dance program consists of 8 weeks of weekly ballroom dance classes led by a professional ballroom dancer. During the 8 weeks, you will learn basic routines for two of the ballroom dances, first on your own and then with a partner. We use the rhythmic movement of the various ballroom dances, i.e. Swing, Foxtrot or Cha Cha, to stimulate the brain and create new neural pathways. Using choreography to learn these dances also helps to stimulate brain activity and improve memory recall. For all participants, ballroom dance helps with:
- Physical coordination and balance
- Mental stimulation and memory recall
- Social and emotional states growth
These classes are 100% free. You may bring a partner with you, such as a family member or caretaker, or we can provide one.
Most of our participants have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. If you have been struggling with either of these conditions, these classes would likely be a great fit for you!
Our classes have shown to improve or alleviate symptoms including:
- Balance and coordination issues
- Memory loss
- Depression and anxiety as a result of the above symptoms
If you’re dealing with these symptoms as a result of a different neurological condition such as stroke or cerebral atrophy, these classes would likely be a good fit for you too.
In order to get the maximum benefit out of the Rx Ballroom Dance program, please consider if you meet the following criteria:
- You can stand and walk with minimal assistance.
- You can commit to attending all 8 weeks of classes.
- You are open to trying something new.
- You are willing to put in the effort necessary to reap the benefits that ballroom dance can offer you.