International Dance Troupe Teaches Healthcare Providers How to Dance Patients Back to Health at UNCW April 27-28

The internationally acclaimed Dance Exchange will teach healthcare providers how to use movement in to help patients

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

The internationally acclaimed Dance Exchange will teach healthcare providers how to use arts to enhance therapeutic work with patients 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, in McNeill Hall at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. A MetLife Healthy Living Initiative, the workshop is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required: http://uncw.edu/arts/toolsforhealth.html.   

On the morning of April 28, participants will put what they learn into action and work with residents at Trinity Grove senior center in Wilmington. For those who cannot attend the full workshop, Dance Exchange will conduct a free one-hour lunchtime presentation for the general public from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Friday, April 27, 2012 in McNeill Hall, Room 1051.

The two-day workshop will teach healthcare professionals how the health and care of patients can be enhanced through movement-based artistic practices. The workshop will engage students and professionals in participatory learning through hands-on activities and model teaching. Studies have shown that dance can be applied to health care environments to enhance professional work and to help patients achieve clinical goals.

Dance Exchange is a multi-generational dance company founded in 1976 by acclaimed choreographer Liz Lerman. As part of MetLife Healthy Living Initiative they conduct workshops in clinical settings throughout the United States and use their methods with a variety of populations including individuals with Huntington's disease, brain injuries, dementia, addiction, chronic mental illness and mobility issues.

This workshop is sponsored by the UNCW College of Health and Human Services in partnership with the UNCW Office of Cultural Arts. For more information visit uncw.edu/arts or contact Courtney Reilly at 910.962.2082 or reillyce@uncw.edu.

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Joy Davis, UNCW Marketing and Communications, 910.632.3903 or davisjc@uncw.edu