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Welcome to IMPROVmentTM

Improvisational Movement for Brain/Body Wellness.


Welcome to IMPROVmentTM

Improvisational Movement for Brain/Body Wellness.


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™.

Dance With Us

Dance With Us

 Ongoing Weekly Classes in Winston-Salem

As of today, there are three IMPROVment-based classes held on a weekly basis in the Winston-Salem, NC. These classes, taught by Christina Soriano and her students, are tailored to unique abilities and needs of the Parkinson's community, the Alzheimer's community, and the general aging (retirement home) community and their caretakers. These supportive, creative environments are dynamic and constantly growing: we would love to have you in class.

Parkinson's Class at Academy of Dance Arts- taught by Christina Soriano and student assistants from Wake Forest. Explores improvisational movement seated in chairs, at the barre, and in center.


Wednesday’s, 10:30-11:30 am
Academy of Dance Arts, 1425 W. 1st Street, Winston-Salem
Contact: Christina Soriano – or 336-758-4460


Dementia Magical Movement Class at Tab Williams Senior Services- taught by Wake Forest Students: Rachel Caskey (graduated), Allie Williams, Alice Romanov, and Kamryn King. Features chair dancing and stretching.

Tuesday's, 3:45-4:15 pm
231 Melrose St,
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Contact:  336-724-2155 or




Improvisational Chair Dance at Forsyth Court Holiday Retirement- spearheadedby Alice Romanov and Kamryn King. Designed for a wide range of abilities and ages, explores improvisational movement while seated in chairs.

Friday's, 10:30-11:15 am
2945 Reynolda Rd,
Winston-Salem, NC 27106


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IMPROVmentTM Philosophy

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.


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


Improvisation is cognitively challenging and requires spontaneous decisions.


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