danceABILITIES™ is a multifaceted dance-wellness program pioneering movement classes to support strength and balance training, gait and range of motion, heart and lung health, cognition, and memory work. Each class invites students to explore enlivened artistry and authenticity of self while supporting everyday activities of daily living and mental health. We are asked to use our bodies as instruments of communication, to find and articulate core values, to be intellectually curious, to problem solve and to neurologically “fire” and “wire” new worlds together in an atmosphere of creative fun.
Set to popular and diverse music, the combination of expressive dance and purposeful choreography aim to support clients who are already engaged in the artistic act or bring creative opportunity to the beginner.
danceABILITIES™ offers classes for individuals living with the effects of Stroke, Parkinson’s, Arthritis, MS, pain, PTSD, Hip and Knee Replacement, Dementia, Mental health/wellness struggles or if you use a cane, walker or wheels for mobility and balance.
danceABILITIES Intro Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16pMN2ADA0U
danceABILITIES Intro By Marie Yap, York Dance Sciences
danceABILITIES Short Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwvUIHW0jYU
Living Cable Productions, Andrea Cohen-B
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Miriam Schacter is remarkably talented. She has the ability to help people living with dementia recall pleasant experiences and past accomplishments through music and dance. And, she takes the time to empower the person living with dementia by drawing from a wealth of socially engaging dance-based communication techniques and joyful repetitive movements.”
Phylicia Lafrenere, MSW, Greenview Lodge Dementia Care Programming
“The composition and intuitive thought placed on the danceABILITIES programming by Miriam Schacter is simply powerful. Her approach to participants living with Alzheimers, and dementia is both engaging, and therapeutically positioned. I’m honored to have observed this beautiful work, and the clear impact it makes on it’s participants.”
Nicole Hamilton, Inica Dance Industries
“Miriam Schacter is a Spark Plug. She has an innate ability to connect with the human spirit on many different levels. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious. She is committed to helping each and every one of her students discover new pathways through movement, dance and embodied learning.”
J. Kennedy, Fitness
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