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.