ASaP was delighted to have Pamela Quinn return to Brown to present to our
class again. She spoke of her personal and professional experience with
Parkinson’s disease. She took us through her time when her symptoms first
appeared 25 years ago and described how she approached her own
version of therapeutic movement which was informed by both her training in
ballet and modern dance. After showing us examples of her choreography and
how it was structured to make use of cues, she instructed the students to make
their own short dances, each one including an audible, tactile and visual cue.
We added music to those who wanted it. Imaginative and creative solutions
came from all the groups as well as lots of smiles and laughter. They were
The take away for the students was to encourage them to believe in their own
convictions, however versed or new they are to a situation. That was key in
Quinn’s own approach to her condition.