As an Allied Arts’ member agency, the Oklahoma City Ballet is growing its Golden Swans outreach program benefiting senior adults. In partnership with Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City Ballet is offering a brand new program – Parkinson’s Dance Class!
Dance has been proven to be an enjoyable and beneficial way for people with Parkinson’s to work on their balance and mobility while also providing a fun social atmosphere. This incredible class takes participants through different movements by sitting, standing or moving across the floor.
The instructor, Erica Portell, has over 20 years of experience teaching dance. Her passion for the Dance for Parkinson’s class comes from a personal involvement from her own family having been affected by Parkinson’s. Her approach is engaging with her students and it’s apparent that they adore her.
The elegance of the ballet studio coupled with the variety of music helps participants feel comfortable joining in the movements of the class. Moving with delight, the students celebrate life while dancing to the music whether standing or seated.
Each week, in a ceremonial close, all students form a circle holding hands. While the final song plays, all students pass a reassuring hand squeeze and a smile around the circle in recognition of the support in the room.
If you or someone you know has Parkinson’s, come enjoy the fun and movement Dance for Parkinsons presents at the Oklahoma City Ballet. There is no cost for the class and it’s open to all ages. Classes are held every Monday 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Thursday 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Allied Arts thanks the Oklahoma City Ballet for offering this incredible program as an impactful gift to our community!