Dance for Life is a free weekly dance class for people with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their significant others. The program is designed to help people with PD improve their quality of life through enhanced overall physical well-being, social interaction, creative expression, and targeted improvements in balance, strength, and mobility.
Free weekly dance classes that focus on fun, fitness, creativity and community and use easy dance techniques from jazz, modern, and various national styles that contribute to experiencing the joy of motion. By creating an original dance each week, participants have fun with others, develop a sense of accomplishment and help retain independence through maintaining and enhancing fitness, and general wellness. Facilitated by Rusti Brandman, UF dance faculty emerita and UF Shands Arts in Medicine dancer in residence. Drop-ins welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. The classes are sponsored by UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine and meet at the Senior Center of Alachua County
Encore Dancers Workshop provides mature dancers with an opportunity to continue their practice in an adult- friendly environment. The classes will focus on fun, fitness, community, creativity, and goals important to the group using dance styles ranging from jazz to modern to ballet and our own personal styles. Rusti Brandman, UF dance faculty emerita and Shands Arts in Medicine Dancer in Residence, will facilitate sessions and expects that the participants will continue to be instrumental in determining the direction of the program. If you are dancing and/or have danced in your recent or even distant past, please join us and keep on dancing forever. Wear comfortable clothing. Flexible shoes or stockings or bare feet are suggested.
Dance for MS is a free, weekly dance class designed for people with Multiple Sclerosis and their caregivers and/or loved ones. This class, a collaborative effort among UF dancers, neurologists and individuals with MS, explores how movement can directly benefit those with MS through improving physical and social well-being. No previous dance experience required.