Fort Wayne Dance Collective believes strongly in the concept of helping others achieve health and wellness through movement and rhythm and offers alternative approaches to taking care of one’s self. FWDC offers classes both on and off-site that empower people to actively participate in their personal health and well-being and educates students on the body’s abilities to be self-aware, self-maintaining, self-healing and self-improving.

  • Heather, parent of child at Parkview Regional Medical Center (Heather, parent of child at Parkview Regional Medical Center)

    “On Tuesday, we spent five hours in the Children’s Emergency Care with our sweet, creative 8-year-old Grace for a broken arm. While there, we received visits from Healing Arts Artists in Residence. The musician played guitar and Grace, our singer, sang along with him and to him. She was thrilled with the colored pencils and mandala the visual artist left with her.

    Truly, the moments when Grace was interacting with the Healing Arts artists were the only moments we saw our Grace in the room with us. She was relaxed and her normal self, smiling and singing. It was a truly moving experience to literally see the benefits in front of our own eyes with our little girl.”

    – Heather, parent of child at Parkview Regional Medical Center

  • Stephanie, Staff Member at Lutheran Life Villages at Birchwood (Stephanie, Staff Member at Lutheran Life Villages at Birchwood)

    “Our clients look forward to being with the instructor when we set up the chairs and tell them she is coming. So many of our caregivers are so impressed with programming and what the instructor is able to get our clients to do. The staff enjoys the activities and movement as much as the clients with Alzheimer’s and dementia do. Dance Collective is a valuable resource in our community and they have made such a difference in our agency. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

    Stephanie, Staff Member at Lutheran Life Villages at Birchwood

The Fort Wayne Dance Collective currently offers the following classes and programs:

Healing Arts Program: The Fort Wayne Dance Collective has collaborated with Parkview Health to offer the Healing Arts Program. This innovative service integrates literary, movement, music and visual arts into patient care, healthcare facility design and aesthetics, the care of caregivers and the community. A person’s health and well-being isn’t just dependent on the health of the physical body, but also the health of mind and spirit. The Healing Arts program brings professional Artists in Residence to the bedside in many departments throughout both Parkview Regional Medical Center as well as Parkview Randallia. If you are interested in receiving a visit from a Healing Arts Artist in Residence please contact: 260.266.HEAL.

The Fort Wayne Dance Collective also offers a variety of Senior programming at locations such as: Parkview Center for Healthy Living locations, Parkview Senior Wellness Center, Lutheran Life Villages at Birchwood.

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Wellness classes include, but are not limited to:

Dance for Parkinson’s Disease/Dance for Seniors: This class is designed for anyone who is challenged by mobility and has a desire to become more in tune with their movement. Simple combinations and relaxation will increase your energy level and self-image. FWDC currently teaches Dance for Parkinson’s Disease/Dance for Seniors classes for the local Parkinson’s support group as well as others challenged by limited mobility. These classes are based off of the Mark Morris Dance Group Dance for PD® program from New York, NY.

Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement® (ATM): In Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® classes, people engage in precisely structured movement explorations that involve thinking, sensing, moving and imagining. The lessons consist of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into movements of greater range and complexity. Participants move with greater ease, have less pain and develop healthy movement patterns.

Movement Fundamentals for Seniors: This class is based on a series of exercises that gives students the tools to move more efficiently, maintaining and improving movement function and greater physical self-confidence, with the ability to diminish fear of falling and injury.

T’ai Chi: Although T’ai Chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” it is referred to as “medication in motion” (Harvard Health Publications). This mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing several medical conditions including: arthritis, low bone density, heart disease, hypertension, sleep problems and Fibromyalgia. With its low-impact, slow-motion exercises, T’ai Chi can be easily adapted for anyone at any skill level.

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Booking Information Contact: Artistic Coordinator, Ashley Benninghoff