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.

Give the gift of dance this holiday season!

Dance has the power to change lives. We’ve witnessed it and we’ve experienced it ourselves. Thanks to dance, we are healthier, physically and emotionally. It gives us joy. Dance keeps us young.

Over the last year, Rx Ballroom Dance has been privileged to be a vehicle for this positive change in people struggling with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Participants in our ballroom dance program are moving with increased strength and confidence, and bigger smiles. One regular participant, Dave, has been living with Parkinson’s for 22 years and has tried it all – general exercise, yoga, boxing, and now ballroom dancing. He said ballroom has made the biggest difference in improving his quality of life:

As someone who has dealt with Parkinson’s Disease for 22 years, I support Rx Ballroom Dance because I have experienced first hand the program’s benefits, both physically and mentally. It’s also a lot of fun!

Rx Ballroom Dance’s mission is to use ballroom dancing to preserve and enhance the quality of life in people like Dave who are confronting neurological conditions. Part of that mission includes offering our ballroom dance program to participants at no charge.

This is where we need you. We know the burden of health insurance and medication can be significant barriers to allowing an individual to get the care they need. We need your financial support so we may continue to offer our dance classes free of charge to those who truly need
them.

Diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimers and dementia are increasing in prevalence every year. Accepted allopathic therapies are extremely limited in their effect. Numerous clinical studies demonstrate the benefit of physical and mental exercise as hedges against aging and its afflictions. Dance in particular has proven to be an effective means of mobilizing patients physically, engaging them socially, and uplifting them emotionally.

Your donation will make a huge difference in the quality of a person’s life by opening the door to this power of dance. Because Rx Ballroom Dance operates with minimal overhead, monetary donations go directly toward providing group dance classes multiple times a week for our participants. The classes are specifically designed to address their conditions, with a focus on improving balance and coordination while having a great time in a social setting! To track our participants progress and ensure the classes are doing what they’re designed to do, we conduct periodic surveys to assess changes in participants’ physical, mental and emotional wellbeing both in class and in their daily lives outside of the dance studio.

Classes are underway, but we need your support moving into 2020. Your gift this season can provide the following for a member of Rx Ballroom Dance:

$25= 1 Class
$50= 1 Week of Classes
$200= 1 Month of Classes
$400= 1 Semester of Classes

You can donate easily right now by clicking here.

Hope for these participants lies in preserving their capacities by fully exercising them. There is no better way than dance. We know it and live by it, and with your help, they will as well.

Please join us in bringing them to the dance floor!

 

News Flash: Dancing Essential to Life

“Researchers identify exercise for optimal health of body and mind”

It’s so encouraging every time we see another article published about the seemingly endless benefits of dance. This particular one does a wonderful job of highlighting the positive physical, mental AND emotional effects that dancing can have on a person.

Read the full article at the link below, and then let’s dance!

https://www.mdlinx.com/internal-medicine/article/4088

Would you like to support a program that brings these tremendous benefits to people who truly need them, such as those suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s?  Consider making a donation today.

Another Successful Fundraiser!

Rx Ballroom Dance slays another fundraising night last week at the ever generous Londance Studio in Laguna Niguel, CA.

Because of competition gown, practice wear and shoe donations, we were able to auction off over $1700 worth of items to raise money towards ballroom dance classes for people with neurological disease! That’s nearly a full semester of classes fully funded!

Your donations have made the difference for:
1. Participants with Alzheimer’s gaining rhythmic coordination and confidence in speaking and socializing
2. Participants with Parkinson’s gaining better alignment, posture and balance
3. Caregivers being able to enjoy themselves and be directly involved in an activity that benefits both them and their loved one
4. Overall improvement in physical, mental and social/emotional growth by all!

Can’t donate right now? Consider volunteering and being a dance partner in one of our Rx Ballroom Dance classes! We would love to have your help. Contact us today.

Rx Ballroom Dance Late Fall Semester Begins October 28th!

It’s time for the 2nd semester of the Fall season and Rx Ballroom Dance is kicking it off with classes now offered two times a week:

Monday’s and Wednesday’s at 11am

Location: LonDance Dance Studio, Laguna Niguel, CA

Are you or someone you know struggling with neurological disease? Have you been diagnosed with the early onset of Alzheimer’s? Dementia? Parkinson’s? Are you recovering from a stroke?

Did you know that Ballroom dancing has been proven to be the #1 most effective activity you can do for your brain health? Research has proven that the coordination, balance, memory recall and socializing that ballroom dancing includes has no only shown to mitigate symptoms, but reverse symptoms in some patients!

So what are you waiting for? Cha cha your way to a better quality of life!

Enrollment is required before attending.

Classes are always free – we are a non profit 501(c)3.
Come with a partner or come alone, a partner is always provided!

Call (310) 938-1620 to enroll or email info@rxballroomdance.com.

Want to support or volunteer? Contact us.

Science Confirms: Dancing Makes You Happy

We don’t need science to tell us what we’ve known for ages, but it’s great to be able to welcome more and more of the scientific and medical communities to the dance floor, where studies are showing people consistently become happier and healthier!

This particular article from Psychology Spot points out:

“However, the magic of dancing can not simply be reduced to brain chemistry. Dancing is also a social activity that allows us connect with the others, share experiences and meet new people, which has a very positive effect on our mental health.”

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Read the full article here:

https://psychology-spot.com/dancing-makes-me-happy/

So what are you waiting for? If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a neurological disease, what better excuse other than to literally get happy?

Late Fall Semester starts October 28th and now includes Monday and Wednesday classes at 11am. Two times a week to get your brain healthy and your feet moving!

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.

Please consider supporting people like Azi by clicking here.

Our Dress Auction page is live!

Are you looking for a dress for your next ballroom dance competition? Would you like to help people confronting neurological diseases at the same time?

Check out our new Dress Auction page for a selection of gorgeous, gently used dresses. Suggested donations are set way below what you would normally pay, even if you were to find one of these beauties for consignment.

Contact us and let us know which one is calling to you!

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.

Volunteer Spotlight – Curt

Curt and Lilian

Meet Curt Sheetz, our volunteer who has been with us since the first day of the 2019 Summer Session! Curt feels passionately about the program since his own family has a history of neurological disease. Since he and his wife take lessons regularly to learn how to dance, they know the power of learning new steps, dancing to the rhythm and learning how to do it together.

The best part about Curt volunteering is not just the dance steps- it’s the joy and energy he brings to every class. Participants report increases in perceived happiness and confidence in remembering directions and details. We have to think this has a little something to do with our fabulous volunteers!

Thinking of volunteering? You don’t need to know how to dance, we teach you step by step. It’s the friendly smile and patience that makes you the perfect candidate! Contact us today.