Dancing with disAbility is Canada’s first dance program tailored to meet both the physical and cognitive challenges of those living with MS, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, stroke, TBI, and other movement disorders. Our goal is to create a broad-based community bringing together a wide range of people in mutual support and common understanding.
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Dance and physical storytelling provide the perfect form of integrated physical and cognitive activity, challenging the body and the brain simultaneously. Using these techniques, which create alternative pathways in the brain, an arm that might not respond to direct command might move fluidly and gracefully by taking a different route of communication in the brain.
Music and rhythm play a huge part in stimulating neurotransmitters in the brain, the chemicals which send messages from one brain cell to the next. The movement increases oxygen and blood flow to the brain. As well, it enhances communication between right and left brain hemispheres.
Too often, people become defined by their disease. Dancing with disAbility offers the opportunity to focus on what is wonderful and amazing about our bodies, our brains, and the interplay of the two. Dancing takes us out of ourselves, beyond our disabilities, and connects us to a community of others in similar circumstances. Together we strive to be the best we can be, not only for ourselves, but for everyone in the Dancing with disAbility community.