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.
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.