Health through dance

2013

Montréal will innovate yet again by becoming the home of the National Centre for Dance Therapy, a new initiative that will explore dance’s beneficial effects on health.

The pilot project is being run by the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, in association with the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), Hôpital Sainte-Justine, Concordia University’s PERFORM Centre and the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal.

Dance therapy sessions will be provided to over 300 seniors in order to evaluate the effect of dance on their memory, mobility, and physical and brain health. People with eating disorders will also be introduced to movement and rhythm.

The benefits of dance are obvious, and this project will enable its impact to be even better understood.

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