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Welcome to IMPROVmentTM


Improvisational Movement for Brain/Body Wellness.

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Welcome to IMPROVmentTM


Improvisational Movement for Brain/Body Wellness.

WHY IMPROVISE?

Wake Forest associate professor of dance Christina Soriano first became interested in neurodegenerative disease in 2010 when she participated in a scientific study looking at the ways dance could help people with Parkinson's Disease (PPD) with their mobility and balance. Since 2012, she has offered a weekly improvisational movement class for PPD and their care partners and worked with dementia communities through Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Many conference presentations, invitations to attend support groups in North Carolina, and two published articles later, Soriano decided to codify her class and call it IMPROVment™.

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IMPROVmentTM Philosophy


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IMPROVmentTM Philosophy


The freedom to move easily and adapt to real life challenges is a fundamental part of the human experience. Movement freedom allows individuals to enjoy a sense of agency and thrive in an ever-changing environment.

As we age, being spontaneous can get harder, especially for someone with a neurodegenerative disease. Using movement as a vehicle for generating physical decision-making, Christina has been developing an improvisational movement class for older adults.  

IMPROVment™ emphasizes physical and mental fitness. As its name implies, the teaching philosophy encourages participants to create their own movement in response to multiple auditory prompts. 

At the core of this practice is the liberating idea that an infinite number of movement ideas can emerge from a single cue. There are no “wrong” movement choices. Class participants take chances in an atmosphere free from judgment or preconceived notions of what dance should look like. The class community is a supportive and engaging one.

WELLNESS

Group classes encourage socialization and an overall sense of well-being.

BRAIN

Improvisation is cognitively challenging and requires spontaneous decisions.

BODY

Dance has been shown to decrease fall risk and help with balance.