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Parkinson's Dance Classes

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BILLINGS - Rock, Paper, Scissors is just one dance move in the class, which helps patients with Parkinson's."The main objective of this program is the aesthetic, the art of movement and dance. And any time that you brings arts into the healthcare, you're going to have a vital component of joy," said Sharon Forman, the Dance for PD instructor here in Billings.Instructors say the class develops flexibility and the movements help connect the mind to body."There's studies that have shown that dance classes and other movement therapies have been able to improve patients with Parkinson ability to move more fluidly, faster, and improve their quality of life. And have less falls," said Steven Arbogast, a Neurologist at Billings Clinic.Dance for PD, based in Brooklyn, is a collaborative program of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group. A group of ladies with PD heard about the Dance for PD Program and reached out to Billings Clinic, with hopes of starting a class here in Billings."We were excited about dancing for Parkinson and we wanted so bad to get somebody trained to start this program," said Beverly Jensen.Doctors at Billings Clinic recommend movement therapies and dance classes like this one, to patients with PD, hopefully to make life a little easier for those dealing with PD.The classes are Thursdays at 11:30 am through March at the Grace United Methodist Church on Avenue B. The cost is $5 per session, or $8 per couple. If you have any questions about the class, call Sharon, the instructor, at 690-2989.