UPCOMING: ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival
October 13-15th, 2017
The IMRPOVment team, along with other projects at Wake Forest, was chosen to present at the ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival, held at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. on October 13-15. This is a three-day celebration of creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design. Click the link below to learn more about the festival, the schedule, and the location of the IMPROVment exhibit and performance.
The Patsy Project
August 12th, 2017 at 7:30 pm
After moving us last summer with The Goldberg Project, Christina Soriano returns to choreograph The Patsy Project, which takes its inspiration from the soulful country songs of Patsy Cline. This special dance and music event unites an intergenerational cast of professional and community dancers ages 4-75, including adults living with Parkinson’s disease, professional dancers from Winston-Salem, and children from Wake Forest’s community ballet program – with live music performed by vocalist Martha Bassett and her six-piece band.
For tickets, please go to http://musiccarolina.org/summer-music-festival/summerfest-2017/
IMRPOVment Weekly Class at Forsyth Court Holiday Retirement
This class was spearheaded and taught by student assistants Kamryn King and Alice Romanov, with a focus on bringing 45 minutes of music, movement, and creativity to the retirement home environment. The class was taught every Friday morning at 10:30 am, and followed the IMPROVment pedagogy focused on generating spontaneous movement while seated in chairs.
IMPROVment Warmup at Elder Abuse Awareness Walk
June 16, 2017
The sixth annual Elder Abuse Awareness Walk in the NC Piedmont area took place in Triad Park in Kernersville. The goal of this walk, unlike other walks, was not to raise money, but to raise awareness about elder abuse. People of all ages attend, to walk, see the informational exhibitors, food, and music. To get the walkers motivated, engaged, and ready, Alice Romanov (Christina's student assistant) led a warm-up that showcased the IMPROvment teaching philosophy.
See link to website here: http://www.ptrc.org/index.aspx?page=502
Second Spring Arts Festival: Creativity in Aging
May 20th, 2017
This event showcased creative accomplishments and encouraged creative discovery for people 60 and above. By partnering with existing arts organizations to honor achievements of those in this age group, they helped develop programs which increased their participation in the arts. The arts festival promoted Winston-Salem, the City of Arts and Innovation, as an outstanding place in which to retire. Christina Soriano was a keynote speaker at this event.
See link to website here: http://www.secondspringarts.org
On Site / In Sight: a downtown Winston-Salem dance festival
May 4-6, 2017
Presented by Helen Simoneau Dance, this dance festival brought local, regional, national, and international artists to Bailey Park in Winston Salem's Innovation Quarter in a series of pop-up performances. The festival included movement classes, pop-up, rooftop and courtyard performances, as well as site-specific works throughout downtown Winston-Salem. Christina Soriano and her intergenerational dancers, ranging from ages 8 to 86, participated as artists in this great event.
Photos by Ginny Weiler- click right to scroll.
Aging Re-Imagined 1.5
May 3, 2017
Building on the 2016 Aging Re-Imagined symposium, Aging Re-Imagined 1.5 was hosted at Wake Forest University and addressed . emerging approaches to creative aging, and the ways in which Wake Forest is leading the way in this important research. Christina Soriano and Christina Hugenschmidt embraced the interdisciplinary nature of the symposium by engaging the audience in a short improvisational exercise.
New Horizons In Aging: Advances In Research & Practice
April 6-9, 2017
Professor Christina Soriano and Dr. Christina Hugenschmidt presented at the Southern Geronotological Society's 38th Annual Meeting in Asheville, NC. The meeting's theme this year wasNew Horizons in Aging: Advances in Research and Practice. They encouraged those who are examining critical aspects affecting the older adult population through innovative research and those using creative approaches and programming to address the needs of this population to share your work at our meeting. They embraced a diversity of perspectives and want to highlight researchers' work in an effort to promote applied research and effective practice that together expand understanding of the experiences of older adults and their families.
See link to website here: http://gerontology.uncc.edu/news/new-horizons-aging-advances-research-and-practice
NCAOA State Aging Conference
March 16-17, 2017
Christina Soriano and Dr. Christina Hugenschmidt presented at the North Carolina Association on Aging State Aging Conference. The conference featured presenters that are leaders in the aging network, offering training and workshops.
See link to website here: https://www.ncact.org/event/2017-ncaoa-state-aging-conference/
Braxton's "Sound Seen Gallery:" a live performance of improvisational dance, music, and art
March 15, 2017
Wake Forest dance students in Christina Soriano's Dance Improvisation class, along with art students in Leigh Ann Hallberg's Life Drawing class, attended a master class in dance, art, and music by dancer Rachel Bernsen and musician Taylor Ho Bynum from the Tri-Centric Foundation, in the Hanes Gallery, at the Cage/Marclay/Braxton "Sound Seen" art exhibit.
NCDEO Annual Conference
January 28, 2017
Christina and Glenna Batson presented at the North Carolina Dance Education Organization Annual Conference, hosted at UNC Greensboro. The ultimate goal of the event was to engage, educate, and empower.
"Artists Unite! for Peace and Diversity" : An Intergenerational Dance Warmup
January 20, 2017
This event, held at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and Hanesbrand Theatre, celebrated art and community while raising money for the Artists’ Emergency Relief Fund. It involved people of all age, gender, and profession, displaying a variety of art including films, dramatic performances, and comedy. Christina led an audience- interactive, intergenerational dance warmup, accompanied by a live improvisational saxophone performance.
The Health and Humanities Exchange (HHEX) at UNC Chapel Hill
November 11-12, 2016
.This event spotlighted health-related research and education initiatives at UNC-CH, Duke, Wake Forest, and other regional programs that draw upon the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Professor Soriano and Dr. Hugenschmidt presented data from their pilot studies at this conference.
First National Symposium for Dance and Well-Being: Collaboratively Advancing Research and Practice
November 4-5, 2016
The symposium is a two-day event hosted by the National Centre for Dance Therapy of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. The symposium will feature presentations and discussions on dance and well-being and provide opportunities for small-group discussion. Glenna Batson will serve as one of two keynote speakers for the weekend, and Christina will present with her collaborator at the medical school, Christina Hugenschmidt, on improvisational dance for older adults with neurodegenerative disease.
Lifelong Learning @WFU Presents Science and Dance
October 24, 2016, 7:30 pm
Join us for this interactive talk and learn about how aging and neurological disease affects movement and fall risk. Christina and her collaborator from the medical school, Christina Hugenschmidt, will explain how dance improves function in older adults and give participants the opportunity to practice new improvisational exercises. The event will take place at the Byrum Center Auditorium at Wake Forest University and will be free an open to the public.
The Goldberg Project
August 9, 2016
This intergenerational dance and music event will feature J.S. Bach's monumental Goldberg Variations performed by WFU faculty pianist, Peter Kairoff. The piece will feature Christina's choreography, which unites child, community, and professional dancers from throughout the Triad. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall on the Wake Forest Reynolda Campus. You can read more about the project in Winston-Salem Journal's article on the Carolina Summer Music Festival.
IMPROVment Master Class at Parkinson's Fitness in Marblehead, MA
June 6, 2016
Christina served as a guest teacher with Parkinson's Fitness, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting Parkinson's through exercise classes and arts and movement programs. Parkinson's Fitness events take place in various locations on Boston's North Shore and seek to help families establish empowering physical and cognitive goals, share their stories, and develop confidence in their physicians.
IMPROVment Master Class at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center in Salisbury, NC
May 3, 2016
Christina taught an IMPROVment master class at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center this spring. The class also included members of the local Parkinson's Support Group.
Aging Reimagined Interdisciplinary Symposium
March 17-18, 2016
Hosted by Wake Forest University and Wake Forest School of Medicine, this collaborative aging symposium brought together faculty, staff, students, and members of the Winston-Salem community to discuss the topic of aging from many perspectives. Leading scholars, artists, medical professionals, and researchers addressed four key ideas that inform how we age and how we think and feel about aging: Mobility, Mind, Mortality, and Meaning.
Kathy Norcross Watts, Special Correspondent at the Winston-Salem Journal, recently wrote an article about the symposium. The article includes quotes from several faculty members planning the event and discusses the symposium as a logical extension of the interdisciplinary work already being done at Wake Forest. To read, visit the journal's website.
North Carolina Association on Aging Annual Training Conference
March 7-8, 2016
The North Carolina Association on Aging is an organization representing community-based service providers in the North Carolina aging network. Its annual aging conference provides an opportunity for networking with other aging professionals and volunteers. This spring, Christina shared her IMPROVment methodology with attendees in a workshop on brain body wellness for older adults.
Creative Aging Symposium
May 6, 2015
The Creative Aging Network-NC brought together leaders and innovators in the arts and aging fields at its sixth annual Creative Aging Symposium. Christina led a workshop featuring her IMPROVment curriculum, addressing how we can move confidently to promote good health, regardless of physical abilities.
IMPROVment Dance Workshops in NC for Parkinson's Communities
September 30, November 11, and December 5, 2014
Christina held three workshops, funded by the National Parkinson Foundation, to disseminate her class structure and teaching methodology with other professionals. The workshops were attended by physical therapists, care facility directors, personal trainers, neuroscientists, medical students, and other professionals who work with people living with neurodegenerative diseases. Participants took part in an IMPROVment class, discussed the method, and collaborated with one another to create their own exercises.
Dancing with Parkinson's: Choreography for the Seated Position
September 14, 2014
Members of Christina's weekly movement class for people with Parkinson's Disease and their care partners performed at the Reynolda Museum of American Art in tandem with the museum's exhibit: The Art of Seating.
Living with Parkinson's
February 18-19, 2014
This two-day event featured a screening of films about living with Parkinson's Disease and a master class for PD patients and their care partners with guest teacher, Pamela Quinn. Pamela Quinn is an award winning dancer and teacher who has Parkinson's Disease. She uses her extensive movement background, along with her personal experience of the disease, to investigate movement therapy options for people with Parkinson's.