“Clearly there’s the physical aspect which helps flexibility, and coordination and gait and posture. We also see a real cognitive aspect where people are connecting right/left sides of their body and they’re learning movement sequencing and memory, which really helps with their cognitive processing," says Balaban.
Healing Through Dance
“The magic is that this impacts not only those with Parkinson’s, but undergraduates who may be future doctors or health policy decision-makers as well,” says Balaban. “It’s profoundly moving to see the relationships that form between the generations.”
Dance Your Cares Away with Rachel Balaban
The Jewish Voice
“This was a perfect place for me to reach people who want desperately to feel freedom in their bodies that they were starting to lose because of their condition.”- Rachel Balaban
“As dance teachers, we have this powerful way to share what I think is one of the great American art forms. Nonverbal dancing communicates what words can’t. The body doesn’t lie,” - Julie Strandberg
"ASaP seeks to build mutual understanding and respect between artists and scientists, advocates arts therapy and provides support to physicians wanting to incorporate the arts into patients’ healing processes" - Julie Strandberg
Talk Explores Value of Dance Therapy for Parkinson's Patients
Brown Daily Herald
"Balaban and Strandberg joined forces last summer and founded a research and advocacy group called Artists and Scientists as Partners, a program that seeks to implement the arts into treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s."
"People with Parkinson's Take on the Dance Floor
"At first glance, Parkinson’s disease and dancing seem antithetical. Dancing is ordered, purposeful movement, and Parkinson’s is a disorder affecting movement. But a series of classes at Brown has successfully combined the two."
“Our people often try the class and see that it’s not threatening … it’s a bunch of fun.”- Mary Ellen Thibodeau, Information and Referal Coordinator, RI Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association