Movement for MS is a dance class for people with Multiple Sclerosis, their caregivers, and loved ones. In the welcoming and joyful environment of the dance studio, Movement for MS empowers participants to explore their movement potential in fun and creative ways while building community, collaboration, and physical confidence.
Julia Langley, faculty director of the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program (AHP), Carlo Tornatore, MD, director of the neurology department at Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) and Erika Mitchell, DNP, FNP-BC, researcher and director of nurse practitioners in the department of neurology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) came together in 2017 to discuss the potential benefits of a music and movement based course for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).
From these discussions, and with the support of the department of neurology, the Movement for MS pilot program started in November 2017. The second pilot, launched in September 2018 and led by AHP dancer-in-residence Deborah Riley, brought together 15 participants for a 10-week course. Deborah Riley, lead teacher of the course said, “It’s so much fun dancing together! I love our group of movers and the strong support for each other! Everyone has a welcome place in our circle where we explore artful movements and life together.” Through this program, participants experience both cognitive and physical benefits of dance as well as the freedom of artistic expression.