Mondays in Broomfield
Colorado Conservatory of Dance
3001 Industrial Lane, #12
North of Hwy 36 near Flatirons Mall
Wednesdays in Arvada
Apex Community Center
6842 Wadsworth Blvd
across the street from the Arvada Center
- Explore movement and music in ways that are enjoyable, stimulating and creative.
- Learn a variety of dance styles including Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Ballet. Also includes gentle stretching and strengthening exercises.
- Join a community of warm and engaging people who genuinely support one another.
- All bodies benefit, including people with Parkinson’s Disease.
- No dance experience is required.
These classes explore the power of dance, creativity and artistic expression and enable participants to discover new ways to move their bodies. Dance has the power to transform and heal – plus it’s fun!
COME DANCE WITH US
dance for every BODY
Art as Action Artistic Director and lifelong dancer Sarah Leversee teaches the classes. Sarah is a Stanley J. Wertheimer Fellow for the Dance for PD® program, which provides in-depth training and mentorship to exceptionally qualified teachers offering high quality dance classes modeled after the Dance for PD® program.
The class begins in chairs, sitting in a circle. Sarah leads the class in a brief meditation, encouraging the participants to focus on their breath and notice how their bodies feel. This moves into the Reconnect version of a sun salutation, sitting in the chairs and moving slowly to music. The music upshifts to the more driving “Howlin for You” by The Black Keys, and the whole group starts to vibrate with excitement. After waking up everyone’s bodies in the chairs, the class moves to standing and dances to everything from Stevie Wonder to Etta James to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”. At the end of the class the dancers move back into a circle to cool down. After the music ends and Sarah thanks everyone for dancing, they collapse into a satisfied group hug.
COME DANCE WITH US
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.
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.
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 also a 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!
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.
Before (Reconnect), I referred to my dancing as ‘pathetic.’ Reconnect has 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.
Dancing with the Reconnect community and performing with Art as Action (from my wheelchair) brings joy and light to my previous dancer-body: It nourishes and sustains my identity, gives my body and spirit hope, and is just so darn fun!