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CenterLight Healthcare Teams Up with Dance Theatre of Harlem to Create Innovative Movement Program for Seniors
Date:8/6/2014

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 06, 2014

Marking the first collaboration of its kind by a healthcare provider and a major arts organization, CenterLight Healthcare, an innovative managed long-term care organization, and the world-renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem recently completed the pilot program of an original dance, movement and balance class for seniors.

The first graduation ceremony of the inventive program was held on June 3rd at the Dance Theatre of Harlem school on W. 152nd St. The program offered members of CenterLight Healthcare with differing levels of mobility (including individuals incapacitated by stroke) the opportunity to enjoy the wellness benefits of music and movement to both the mind and body.

CenterLight students rehearsed and presented a short dance routine, showcasing the skills they learned during the 10-week program. A graduation ceremony followed the performance.

At the ceremony, Dance Theatre of Harlem Executive Director Laveen Naidu remarked on how thrilling it was to see these students so positively impacted: “It’s incredibly exciting to see the power art has to make a difference in people’s lives. All you need is imagination and the willingness to get it done.”

The seniors were offered the rare opportunity to train with the faculty of the world-renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem, including professional dancer and ballet and tap teacher, Rachel Sekyi.

Sekyi noted that she was pleased to welcome the “new additions to the Dance Theatre of Harlem family,” whom she instructed on “how to make pathways in the space” and to “physically move specific parts of their bodies, whic
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