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Welcome to IMPROVmentTM


Spontaneous Physical Reaction for Brain Body Health

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Welcome to IMPROVmentTM


Spontaneous Physical Reaction for Brain Body Health

Mission and Vision

IMPROVment™ is an integrative method that emphasizes physical and mental fitness by encouraging our 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.

Through community classes, training workshops, scientific research, publications, and performances, we empower movement for brain/body health in older adults.

 

 

 

 

Dance With Us


Dance With Us


 Ongoing Weekly Classes in Winston-Salem

Currently, there are two regular IMPROVment-based classes held on a weekly basis in Winston-Salem, NC. These classes, taught by Christina Soriano and her students, are tailored to the 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, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, and student assistants from Wake Forest. Explores self-generated dance from auditory prompts in chairs, at the barre, and in center.

 

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 am
Academy of Dance Arts, 1425 W. 1st Street, Winston-Salem
Contact: Christina Soriano – sorianct@wfu.edu
or 336-758-4460

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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.


Wednesdays, 3:45-4:15 pm
231 Melrose St,  Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Contact:  336-724-2155
or info@seniorservicesinc.org



 

 

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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 a class for older adults based on the premises of self-generative movement.

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. 

 

Funding


Funding