JMU CVPA and CHBS team up to help local residents with Parkinson's

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JMU College of Visual and Performing Arts JMU College of Health and Behavioral Studies


People living with Parkinson’s disease can sometimes feel trapped in their bodies. That’s why the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Health and Behavioral Studies teamed up during the spring semester to help local residents with the disease rediscover the joys and benefits of movement and music.

Students in the School of Theatre and Dance, the School of Music and JMU’s Occupational Therapy program, hosted free dance classes on eight Saturdays in February, March and April for community members with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and care partners.

JMU dance majors served as teaching assistants and music education majors played piano during the classes thanks to a collaboration with the new Center for Inclusive Music Engagement. Occupational therapy students were also on hand to help participants fully engage at their desired level.

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Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Students, Involves Participants External to JMU


JMU Campus Scope, Harrisonburg/Local/VA


Dance classes offered during Spring 2019 semester


One Time Only

Primary Focus of Program

Cultural Institutions and Programs; Arts and Culture

Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement, Engaged Learning


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