danceABILITIES programs are “person-first-focused,” however, to assist locations or community groups with booking information, diagnostic-related wording is currently used.
danceABILITIES™ offers classes and workshops for individuals living with the effects of stroke, Parkinson’s, arthritis, MS, chronic pain, PTSD, COPD, hip/knee replacement, dementia, general aging considerations… or if you use a cane, walker or wheels for mobility and balance.
Each class invites dancers to explore enlivened artistry and authenticity of self while supporting everyday activities of daily living and mental health. Dancers are asked to use their 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. danceABILITIES programs also facilitate strength and balance training, range of motion, cardiovascular conditioning, and cognition through the choreographic and social experience.
Set to popular and international music, the combination of ballroom and expressive dance, as well as guided or collaborative choreography is optimal for movers and non-movers, dancers and non-dancers alike.
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. Meta4Films Inc., 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 honoured 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
BOOKING CONTACT & INFO
If booking a workshop, please select a comfortable and safe space with ample room and ventilation. Please provide water and chairs for all participants. Additionally, let us know if you require speaker rentals, a portable stereo, or if you would prefer live accompaniment.