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Dance Therapy In Brewster Aimed At Those Affected By Parkinson's

Joy of Dance, a dance/movement therapy group for people with Parkinson’s disease, is being offered at the Seven Star School of Performing Arts in Brewster on Fridays, from 10 - 11 a.m.
Joy of Dance, a dance/movement therapy group for people with Parkinson’s disease, is being offered at the Seven Star School of Performing Arts in Brewster on Fridays, from 10 - 11 a.m. Photo Credit: Contributed

BREWSTER, N.Y. --  Joy of Dance, a dance/movement therapy group for people with Parkinson’s disease, meets on Fridays at the Seven Star School of Performing Arts in Brewster, from 10 - 11 a.m.

The group is led by dance/movement therapist Marie Carstens. She integrates movement with imagery and uses a vast array of movement qualities, rhythms and phrasing, as well as developmental neuromuscular patterns for support and coordination of movement with the goal of improving well-being and vitality, as well as maintaining expressivity, according to a release from the Seven Star School.

“Based on the empirically supported premise that the body, mind and spirit are interconnected, the American Dance Therapy Association defines dance/movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.” – American Dance Therapy Association

Carstens invites participants to move at their own comfort level and ability, as well as express feelings safely and playfully. Most importantly, the dance therapy group aims toward people revitalizing themselves while they dance together.

Carstens has 20 years of experience helping people move more freely and fully in body and mind.

For additional information about this group, contact Marie Carstens at (347) 742-6591 or email Mccarstens21@yahoo.com. Pre-registration is required. Registration is $15 per session; a caregiver or loved one is encouraged to join for an additional $5.

The Seven Star School of Performing Arts is at 509 route 312, Brewster.

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