Shannon Elliott earned her Master’s in dance from York University and famously trod the boards and regaled audiences of the professional dance world for more than 20 years. Her career was and is storied. Always up for expanding her horizons, Shannon executed a full-on career pivot at the opportune moment and applied her artistry to the field of health and wellness. Someone should write a book about this. A teacher at heart, Shannon earned her personal training and group fitness certifications and began teaching Dance for PD® classes for seniors and those living with Parkinson disease. As the PMD Alliance In Sync Network Manager, she expertly blends elements of dance and movement with the opportunity to help support group leaders expand their roles and deepen their engagement in the movement disorder communities.
Power for Parkinson’s is a non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas, that offers free Parkinson’s exercise, dance and vocal classes through their free, home YouTube video series. The program’s innovative Parkinson’s symptom directed approach engages people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers to improve their balance, strength, coordination, and overall neuroplasticity in a fun and engaging atmosphere.
Co-founders Susan Stahl and Nina Mosier started Power for Parkinson’s in 2013 to provide free movement and singing classes to over 300 people each week within the Austin Parkinson’s community. Each of their fathers had struggled with Parkinson’s, so they decided to join forces with a common passion for helping others fight the disease. Susan comes from a medical background as an internist and geriatric specialist, and Nina’s professional career includes work as a child and family psychotherapist.
Here is a great, 4-min. introductory video where you can meet the Susan and Nina, as well as some of their students to see the amazing benefits they’ve received from participating in Power for Parkinson’s classes: WATCH THE VIDEO.
And take a look at their free exercise videos on YouTube that you can easily incorporate into your home Parkinson’s exercise program: WATCH THE VIDEO.
I love that they offer such a wide variety of fitness classes that focus on different skills and parts of the body, and for varying levels of ability. There are workouts at only 10 minutes long, all the way up to almost an hour! You have many choices of fantastic home instruction with Power for Parkinson’s – give it a try!