Support Reconnect: dance for every body
with a tax-deductible donation to Art as Action
“Before (Reconnect), I referred to my dancing as ‘pathetic.’ You have given me a new perspective. I now view my dyskinetic movements as creative expressions of the inner self. Dance class is like getting out of jail for an hour and a half. It’s freedom, and it’s sweet for those of us with or without PD. Thank you for caring about us and transforming us.” - Carol Jenkins, Reconnect dancer with Parkinson's.
Dance has a reputation of being available to a select few: those blessed with a particular body type, the privilege of expensive training and the rare talent to master challenging technique. Every Wednesday afternoon, an unlikely group of dancers comes together and defies convention to revel in the healing powers of dance that are beneficial and enjoyable for every body, including those with Parkinson’s disease.
“Reconnect class allows me to forgive my body for not living up to its full potential and appreciate all the incredible abilities I possess. I become lost in the music and movement, not only my movements but those free-spirited and graceful moves of my fellow dancers. Somehow I forget what brought me to this place where I am symptom free and feel like a dancer. I sense that this is definitely one of the best hours of my week, both for my body and my spirit.” - Margie Dahlin, Reconnect dancer with Parkinson's.
Reconnect with your Body classes empower participants to discover new ways to move by teaching how to think like a dancer, connect with your breath and find radical compassion for often ailing body parts.
Reconnect with your Body is a program of performing arts non-profit Art as Action (AaA) and an affiliate of the international network of Dance for PD® classes. AaA Artistic Director and lifelong dancer Sarah Leversee teaches Reconnect, which celebrates its 6th anniversary this Fall.
"This is far from a typical easy-moving class you might see at the senior center. The music was diverse and cool (The Black Keys, Florence and the Machine) and the choreography was exciting and very well done. But best of all, I loved seeing the change in energy and excitement. At first, many of the participants moved slowly. By the end, one woman said she was feeling so good she skipped out of class. And you know what? Parkinson's or not, I felt like skipping out, too." - Aimee Heckel, Daily Camera reporter
Reconnect is growing fast: our class attendance has more than doubled over the past two years. Collectively, our participants travel over 400 miles round trip to come to class each week. During 2016, we brought the power of dance to over 1,500 people through classes, performances, conference presentations and support group demonstrations.
Your generous donation will support Reconnect with your Body: DANCE for people with and without Parkinson’s Disease. This includes:
“What struck me most when I first started dancing, was how it focused on what I could do - or doing things I never thought of doing - as opposed to all the things I've lost, can't do or am losing... And then I discovered dance was a also new way to creatively express myself as a performer. I could “say” things to an audience as a dancer that I could not as a poet and actor. Dance is full of surprises!" - Wayne Gilbert, Reconnect dancer with Parkinson's
“My unrelenting dance partner, PD, has interrupted my rhythm and grace. So I seek the freedom of the dance without PD leading, without PD following. I actually feel graceful here. I can move here. I can dance in circles, not squares. I can move with curves and arcs, not heaves and listings. I sometimes wobble, quiver or tremble. But here no one notices, I’m sure of it. My words: Flowing. Smooth. Gliding. Graceful. Confident. Unguarded." - Amy Dressel-Martin, Reconnect dancer with Parkinson's.
We dance because it brings us JOY
We dance because it brings us HEALING
We dance because it brings us TOGETHER
- The Reconnect Dancers
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