Gentle jazz melodies float down the sun-flooded hall on the second floor of the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center in historic Holmberg Hall. Inside a studio, OU School of Dance Professor Kathleen Redwine leads a group of dancers through an exercise. Though the space and activity are familiar, the participants are relatively new.
"This class is Dance for Parkinson's, and we’re so excited to offer it here on OU’s campus,” Redwine explains. “My husband has Parkinson’s, and I’ve seen the way dance classes benefit him. He loves them, they’re fun, and they help his movement.”
With grant funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation of Oklahoma, the OU School of Dance offers the Dance for Parkinson’s class for free twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from August to December each year.