<<Robin’s Podcast: Dance for Parkinson’S Disease by David Leventha>>
Great people know great stuff. Great people talk great stuff.
You know what you want to do but your body refuses to move in that way. You start shaking without you being able to control it. You become sleep deprived, unable to control emotions, start building negative relation with others and becoming isolated…
That is what Parkinson Patients experience.
Yet current research on medicine and therapy is focused on the “loss”. Why not on leaning? – This was David’s big question.
(source: Wikipedia >>> Parkinson’s disease)
What he does
- Give classes for PD patients in NY
- Train teachers
- Offer online training programs (DVDs etc..)
- Helps research
The best way to find what he is up to is by visiting their website.
How he does it
- Treat PD patients not as PD patients but as “dancers” and “artists”
In the interview, he emphasized the importance of viewing them dancers and artists. He is extra careful on the use of his vacabs, honestly you can just tell that he sees them in such a respectful manner from the way he talks in the interview. He mentioned that this way, students see physical movement from “loss of ability” to “skills that can be developed”.
- Access and Expand students’ imagination
- Raise students’ self-efficacy, self-esteem, self-confidence à that breeds curiosity
(More on his teaching philosophy: His Video )
Make dance available to all PD patients in the world!
I want to know his great ability on teaching. How he breeds students growth mindset instead of fixed mindset. I believe this could be the key for his mission, spreading dance for PD to all over the world. Through my experience of zumba, although we have semi-fixed class structures on DVD, it does depend on the facilitator if the class can be taught in a way students want to come back.