"Dance For Parkinson's" Comes To Lincoln

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- "Dance For Parkinson's" will kick off in Lincoln this summer.

The program is a dance class that tells stories with music, to spark creativity and joy for patients with Parkinson's. The program has already spread to a hundred communities in the United States. Now, it's coming to Lincoln.

The program is supposed to give Parkinson's patients an escape, which is something many of them may desperately need.

Hahn danced with the Mark Morris Dance Group during the 80's. She is a founding member and a twenty-one year veteran dancer.
The "Dance for Parkinson's" program was created by Mark Morris. Ruth Hahn heard about the program from her colleague, Morris himself.

Hahn saw the program's success and thought that Lincoln was a community that could benefit from it.

After traveling to New York to be specially trained in the Dance for PD method, Hahn came back to Lincoln and connected with Reah Gill, who owns The Pure Movement Dance Studio where Hahn practiced and choreographed the routines.

People who attend the classes can work to regain some of the skills they may have lost.

Hahn explains that it could be something simple, even a "snap of the finger."

"This is dance as they are learning the skills of a dancer, through imagery and rhythms and musicality, and we all have different rhythms in our body that we access again and again. This is life affirming and brings joy," said Hahn.

Gill saw this as a project worth working on.

"I think a lot of times when people think of this type of programming or project, they think that's very nice, they put some music to some steps and their going to have a ' fitness class' and it's not that. It's a dance class," said Gill.

Most importantly, this class helps Parkinson patients connect to the world and Hahn explains it gives her a new outlook on dance as well.

The program's second pilot class is on Friday, May 16 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Monday, June 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at "The Pure Movement Dance Institute" which is located on 2100 Fletcher Ave, Suite 105 in Lincoln.

To learn more about the program or to register, check out the links on this story.