RYE, N.Y. - The Rye Arts Center located on Milton Road in Rye received a $5,000 special needs grant from the Arts of Westchester for its Dance for Parkinson's Disease program. The money will be used to award scholarships for the program.
The program, which is based on the acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group program, began in 2001. According to the center's website, the program offers participants an opportunity to "to learn from professionally-trained dancers about stretching and strengthening muscles, with an emphasis on enhancing physical awareness and grace through modern, ballet and folk dance forms".
"Dance has been shown to relieve Parkinson's symptoms which can included tremors, stiffness of the limbs and trunk, and impaired balance by helping reinforce the mind-body connection," Music School and Public Outreach Director Anne Fumasoli said.
The program boasts the ability to empower and temporarily relieve participants of Parkinson's Disease. "The classes emphasize enhancing physical awareness and grace through modern, ballet, and folk dance forms," Fumasoli added.
The scholarships are part of the center's mission to make all of its programs open to everyone regardless of age, income, ability, race, or religion. For more information on this community based, not for profit Art Center and its programs, please visit the website at ryeartscenter.org .