Dance for Health
Finding your freedom through movement
A dance and movement class for people living with Parkinson’s, Dementia, MS and other neurodiverse conditions, or for anyone with impaired mobility, run by Dance Health Alliance in conjunction with Richmond Unitarian Church
Wednesday, 11 am–12 pm
Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church
FREE (or by voluntary donation)
‘Man moves in order to satisfy a need.’
We were born to move, our bodies are a unique piece of machinery not designed for a sedentary lifestyle. Since the beginning of time humans have danced … they danced around campfires, they danced to change weather conditions, they danced to prepare for war and they danced to prepare for death! So why is the human need to dance and move so strong? It seems it is instinctive to us; we are hard-wired to move, it is a part of our collective DNA.
There is a cocktail of chemicals we produce in our brain when we dance, hormonal neurotransmitters that are released into our bodies. Serotonin, Oxytocin, Endorphins, and Dopamine all produce a ‘feelgood’ effect in our bodies. There is scientific evidence that a dance-based exercise programme can improve our aerobic power, muscle endurance, strength and flexibility of the lower extremities, static balance, dynamic balance and agility, and gait speed. Although research studies on the positive effect of dance are still at an early stage, the anecdotal evidence I personally see every day working in the dance and health sector shows unequivocally the benefits on an individual’s physical, mental and social wellbeing.
Our dances and movements are specially designed for people of limited mobility. If you or someone in your family or among your friends has any form of mobility impairment, you are welcome to drop in on our weekly session. It is an opportunity to improve physical and mental wellbeing, and even maybe make new friends!
For more information, contact Adrienn Vass: