created at: 2013-12-23One would be hard-pressed to convince the participants in the Parkinson’s dance class that sock hops are no longer in fashion. The final class of our winter Parkinson’s dance session on December 18 included a luncheon and an opportunity to showcase our outrageous sock wardrobes, dessert making talents, and soaring spirits. Inspired by the choreography and elegant dancing of our dance instructor, Art Sullivan, and our tireless and dedicated volunteer, Rachael Sher, the group was invited to time travel and go on a ‘round the world excursion through dance! After warming up to Aaron Copeland’s “Appalachian Spring,” we boogied to “Mac the Knife” and the music of Little Eva, then danced to music from Hawaii, India, and Africa.

During lunch, we had the opportunity to enjoy the company of our fellow dancers and to pause and reflect on the life of Nelson Mandela. We viewed a 1999 video of Mr. Mandela in which he was onstage at a concert with South African singer, Johnny Clegg. Mr. Mandela addressed the audience saying, “It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world and at peace with myself.”

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