Nikki Bergen

Belle Talk

Dancing with Parkinsons Disease

By: Nikki  

Once a week, every Wednesday I get a reality check. It’s been happening for 5 years, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

See, 5 years ago I read an article in the Globe and Mail about a new dance class in Toronto for people with Parkinson’s Disease started by former National Ballerina Sarah Robichaud. On a whim, feeling incredibly inspired, I called her up.

The rest is history. I flew to Brooklyn, NY for training at the Mark Morris Dance Center, volunteered, observed, read everything I could on the disease and finally became a teacher for Dancing with Parkinson’s here in Toronto. I cried teaching my first dance class, watching our Parkinson’s students dance with such courage and joy in spite of the disease that is gradually taking over their bodies.

This is my weekly reality check. This puts it all into perspective. Their choice to face an insurmountable obstacle (read: degenerative, incurable disease) with such grace, courage and positivity is beyond humbling.

Dancing with Parkinson’s is a Toronto based charity that offers dance classes to those living with Parkinson’s. We aim to increase the accessibility of this revolutionary program to as many Parkinson’s sufferers as possible.

On May 30th, 2013 we are hosting our 5th annual gala fundraiser at the Capitol Event Theatre. Our featured performers include comedian Sean Cullen, Barenaked Lady Jim Creeggan, and CBC’s beloved host Andy Barrie. This night will be reminiscent of the dance hall days complete with an eighteen-piece swing band, a silent auction, and, of course, dancing by our PD students themselves! Get your tickets here!

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Your support is crucial to the growth and sustainability of this program. You can show your support by buying a ticket to the event, making a monetary donation or by donating items to our auction. Your support will be gratefully acknowledged in all media leading up to and following the event.

See you on the dance floor!

 

 

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