by andree-anne talbot on October 3, 2013 - 12:32am
I’m pretty sure you all ever seen this video where Chinese deaf dancers are dancing for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, if not you can click on this link to watch it : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjSD1dLTPUk. Honestly, I don’t understand how they can have succeed at this, I can’t keep myself from telling “This is just a big joke, these dancers were not deaf!” Deaf or not, what I really wanted to talk about was the Parkinson’s dance group. Believe it or not some patients suffering from Parkinson are in a dance group.
At first, the choreographer didn’t know how to teach this persons how to dance and they found it hard to learn. Obviously they don’t actually make complicated moves and they can’t dance that fast because of their disease, but the goal is mostly to give an opportunity to these people to do something fun. Also, experts found out that dance can improve the patients physical condition. All participants have a partner they already know, for example their son or their wife or husband.
The main moves the group were practicing were “the bird”, “the swim stroke” and “the baseball bat”. For us it seems a little bit too basic, but for them, I guess they feel like they are doing a big accomplishment.