Parkinson’s & More

Parkinson’s & More
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Dance and movement classes for people with Parkinson’s Disease and neurological disorders have stimulated research, an indication that the medical community acknowledges the benefits of dance for persons with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological disorders including Autism, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis and stroke.

  • Benefits of Dance
  • Relieves debilitating symptoms
  • Aids short-term mobility
  • Significantly improves stability
  • Contributes to social inclusion and artistic expression
  • Helps to loosen tight joints
  • Improves overall movement
  • Lifts spirits
  • Classes use dance combinations and repetition with focus on grace and personal success
  • Piano accompaniment allows for adjustment of music for individuals

About

Our instructors have received special training sponsored by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson’s group in Brooklyn, New York. Ballet Spartanburg offers the only class of this design in the Upstate for these individual needs. Carlos Aqudelo, Artistic Director and Elaine Lang, teach the class.

Location/Time ( New COVID-19 times)

Classes will begin Friday, September 11th in our studios with new COVID-19 protocol. Please sign the COVID-19 Ballet Spartanburg waiver and the Chapman Cultural Center COVID-19 waiver. Classes will take place every Friday at 10am and 11am at the Ballet Spartanburg Dance Center Studios on the first floor of the East Wing at the Chapman Cultural Center. The first class of the month is followed by a monthly meeting of the Spartanburg Parkinson Association.

 For more information, please email Carlos Agudelo at cagudelo@spartanarts.org or call the Ballet Spartanburg office 864-583-0339.

Sponsorship

Ballet Spartanburg is honored to partner with JM Smith Foundation to sponsor free classes to individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological disorders. Thank you JM Smith Foundation and Southeastern Printing.

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Education. Outreach. Performance.

The joyful picture above of children from Sidewalk Hope, an inner city ministry in Spartanburg, captures the essence and innocence of joy, hope, and the connections that are created when we dance.  Sidewalk Hope participated in the 2018 So You Think You Can Dance, Spartanburg! community event, a fundraiser in partnership with 10 local organizations. The picture above reflects opportunity, joy, happiness, dance and above all, who we are as an organization: education, outreach and performance.

This year is Ballet Spartanburg's 55th season in your community. Throughout this pandemic, we have remained committed to offering to our community the services of our mission, education, outreach and performance, to the best of our ability in keeping with the guidelines of the CDC and DHEC. We have all seen a dramatic change in our world, how we live, and how we are able to experience the arts. We are resilient and prepared to face a tough and challenging season. Your support is needed now more than ever. 

Our community's words of encouragement, notes, letters, emails, donations and gifts continue to inspire us each day. Contributions allow us to continue creating new choreography, engage in new outreach programs such as our new partnership with the Leap of Dance Academy in Nigeria, Africa, and our commitment to offering the highest quality dance education in our Center for Dance Education.

We look forward to 2021 when our dancers can return safely to the stage and share the beauty of dance. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook and please, stay connected. Stay safe and take care of others.

With immense gratitude-Ballet Spartanburg

 

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