Can Ballroom Dancing cure symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?
Can Ballroom Dancing really cure symptoms of Parkinson’s? One dancer says, “Yes!”
We came across a mezmorizing article yesterday which everyone is encouraged to read in full. The story chronicles the one Clyde Cressler and his strugles with Parkinson’s disease and how he was able to find temporary relief from the pain the disease caused in his legs… through the Tango!
It began 14 years ago when Clyde visited the doctor. After surviving open heart surgery Clyde found that his right arm had begun to experience tremors. When the doctor told him it was Parkinson’s disease Clyde was devastated and struggled with uncertainty and fear of the future. His greatest fears were of the worst aspects of the disease- that he would slowly lose his identity to Parkinson’s.
“You don’t know what Clyde you’re going to get every morning,” he says, tying his shiny, black dancing shoes in the studio, sitting in the ballroom on a day that’s been easier than most. “I feel so good right now.”
Clyde is on a regiment of different medications to help ease the pains in his legs, but the problem with medications is that they wear off.
But Clyde has found that when his teacher Elaine Secker, of Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Lemoyne, has him on the dance floor doing the Tango, for a brief time the pains vanish. His brain focuses on the moves, the form and his tasks at hand- for a few brief he’s not a man suffering from a debilitating disease. He’s just a dancer.
The pain comes back during breaks between lessons, but Clyde has found a type of relief in ballroom dancing that medical science has been unable to provide him. We applaud Clyde’s strength and vigor. For a man with chronic pain and tremors, deciding to take a dance class is a brave move. We’re also proud of Elaine for showing us all how becoming a dance teacher is more than just teaching steps to new students- its becoming part of a community. A community which can enrich the lives of students, and in Clyde’s case, his wife Carol.
If you want to learn more about the studio where Clyde dances, please click the following link: Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Lemoyne.
- by Arthur Murray
- posted at 1:10 pm
- December 21, 2011