On the Wings (2019)

The PD Crane Dance Project is an initiative to involve people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease from all over the world in the World Parkinson’s Conference 2019. Choreography inspired by origami cranes and the theme “Soaring with Hope” are recorded, submitted, and compiled into a showcase to be exhibited at the international conference in Kyoto, Japan. Dance for Life is a dance class offered by The Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida. It is a free weekly dance class for people with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their significant others, led by Dancer in Residence Whitney Wilson. The program is designed to help people with PD improve their quality of life through enhanced overall physical well-being, social interaction, creative expression, and targeted improvements in balance, strength, and mobility. For this project, the dancers learned the choreography over several weeks and came out on a lovely afternoon to film the piece. We are extremely proud of our dancers and everyone who participated in this project, and excited to be part of the showcase of dancers from all over the world who use dance as a way of keeping fit and mobile, as well as having a community of friends and support