Dance workshops open to anyone with early balance, coordination or memory problems and in particular with "Parkinson's".
Kinesiphilia (literally "love of movement") began with the creation of a ballet by and for people with Parkinson's disease. The project then continued with the setting up and perpetuation of regular dance classes in Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Kinesiphilia's main objectives: to change the image of this disease and to re-establish truths about it, to integrate patients into a creative and collective project that gives them the opportunity to express themselves and the desire to take care of themselves, to insist on the healing virtues of dance and music in this pathology, to stimulate the creation of additional dance workshops for Parkinson's sufferers.
Dance, especially when accompanied by music, is proving to be a particularly beneficial tool in the context of Parkinson's disease, going far beyond other forms of exercise. Through the many sensory stimuli it provides and the emotion it arouses, dance can activate pathways that somehow bypass the pathways damaged by the disease.
For the (still too rare) professional dancers involved in this approach that apply their "recipes" to Parkinson's patients, things are clear: dance stimulates mental activity and connects the body and mind, thus enabling solutions to be found and strategies to be put in place to move better. It makes movements more fluid and graceful, it develops flexibility and muscular strength, it helps to build self-confidence, it breaks isolation, it develops sight, hearing and touch, it improves the perception of one's body in space which will also improve balance, it triggers creativity and joy.
Kinesiphilia classes are given by dance teachers specially trained for the occasion and, when necessary, supervised by caregivers (nurses, physiotherapists or doctors).
The first show, performed in March 2015 at the Libramont Cultural Centre, was a great success (see Testimonials and Gallery). Conceived as a journey to the antipodes of disease where dance and music were the instrument of a quest for happiness, art came to the rescue of medicine! The DVD of the show is still available for sale. An RTBF report, “Le Mouvement Sublimé”, was also produced and broadcast on La Trois.
On a more "pragmatic" level, we are also evaluating the impact of this project on patients, notably thanks to work carried out as part of the Master's degree in physiotherapy at the Haute École Robert Schuman in Libramont.