In October I had the pleasure of interviewing Dirk Beckers and Sandy Kools, two of the most inspiring people that I have met in a long time. They have both suffered from Parkinson’s disease for ten years, and recently started the first dance class in the Antwerp region for people with neuro-degenerative illnesses. The class is called Come2Dance and is hosted by the Easy Moving dance studio, which also offers dance classes for people in wheelchairs. Together, Beckers and Kools overcame seemingly impassable bureaucratic barriers to get the class started, and their tale is one of determination, passion, and a positive attitude.
The effects of the class are wonderful to see, as it is clear that the simple movements and gradual progression help with coordination, and get people doing things that would normally be far more difficult. The dance instructor, Andreas Braaten, is a physiotherapist who has experience with Parkinson’s sufferers, which affords him better knowledge of their abilities and limitations. Come2Dance is also a great way to meet people that are going through, and understand, similar problems.
If you have a neuro-degenerative illness and live in or around the Antwerp region, or if you know anyone who does, this is definitely something that is worth a try.
The classes are held at Menegemlei 30, 2100 Deurne, and the Easy Moving dance studio can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.