Director: Heather Bigelow Hearne

Participants will enjoy moving to music especially selected to help with balance, flexibility, regulation of walking gait, and daily joy! No dance or musical experience is necessary to participate; walkers, canes, and wheelchairs are welcome, as are family members, friends, and caregivers of those experiencing Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, or other motor system disorders. Heather will use her experience and training in neurologic dance movement therapy to guide exercises that warm up the joints and the body, accompanied by fun music and using colorful scarves that enhance the flow of the movement and use fine motor and gross motor skills. “This is a fun and interactive class with plenty of laughing and individual attention to meet the needs of changing bodies,” said Bigleow Hearne. “We’ll play a lot of favorite songs, make some new friends, and come out smiling – the focus is on physical wellness, but the benefits are emotional and social, too.”

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The Music School has a ramp for access from the Fayette Street parking lot and the group meets on the same level. This group is for all abilities and will support those adults in wheelchairs, with walking assistance or full physical mobility.

Heather is a dance movement therapist that uses songs and props to engage the group in fun memory making and memory enhancing activities. The goals for this group are to enhance quality of life, stimulate neurological connection, work with speech and language through song, increase sensory processing, lower stress levels, provide a space for joy and happiness, reduce body stiffness and increase range of movement and to provide a safe place to express our emotions.