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Movement for Parkinsons

Movement for Parkinsons and Wellness

  • • Level 1: Mondays, September 10-December 3 (no class 11/19) • 10:00-11:30 am

    • Level 2: Wednesdays, September 12-December 5 (no class 11/21) • 10:00-11:30

    • Free—supported by the Surdna and Ford Foundations • Instructor: Sara McMahon

  • Chase Studio, 1st floor of FlynnSpace Map It

  • Please note: Cart will equal $0 at checkout

    No class November 19 or 21

    The FlynnArts Community Dance Showcase will be held Monday, December 17 at 6:30 pm on the MainStage. Free and open to the public.

  • Limit: 18

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Drop-in students are welcome when classes are not full, but classes regularly fill with registered students, so we recommend signing up in advance to avoid disappointment.

Movement for Parkinsons Level 1 class is designed for the beginner to Movement for Parkinson's and Wellness classes. This class utilizes a variety of movement and dance modalities, dynamic imagery and visualizations to tap into your body intelligence. Create new neural pathways and strengthen movement patterns to help improve activities of daily living (ADL), increase range of motion and flexibility, postural stability, strength, and social interaction. Class structure includes gentle movement fundamentals beginning in a chair, staning (adapted to chair as need indicates), barre exercises, and center work, progressing to across the floor and ending with individual and group dances. Infused with music that enlivens the spirit and invites creative expression. Individual experience is acknowledged, no matter the age, and physical proficiency of the participant.
This class is specifically designed for people who with to continue moving dynamically despite movement challenges. Movers are encouraged to participate at their own rate and pace of time and adapt movements to meet their own needs.

Movement for Parkinsons Level 2 is structured in the same manner as Level 1 Movement for Parkinsons participants are introduced to movement and dance modalities, imagery, and visualizations to further enhance body awareness and to strengthen movement patterns to improve ADL's. This is a faster paced class than our beginning class with more advanced movement sequences that challenge memory, coordination, and strength. Infused with music that enlivens and invites create expression both individually and as a group. As always there is no wrong way to do class and you are invited to move at your own rate and pace of time, taking rests when needed.

Care partners are invited to attend.

FlynnArts Faculty

M. SARA McMAHON, MA has been involved in the research, teaching, performing of movement as a form of artistic and personal development for the past 40 years. Her teaching approach draws from elements of Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body-Mind Centering, basic principles of anatomy and kinesiology, and improvisational and modern dance techniques. She has extensive training in Modern Dance, Body Mind Dancing, and Dance for PD.

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