Dance for Dementia on June 23

If you live in Chicagoland and are caring for someone with dementia or simply care about this cause (in which case, many thanks and blessings), you might want to check out this innovative social event and fundraiser.

Dance for Dementia, coordinated by North Shore Dance Therapy in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, strives to connect individuals and families dealing with dementia through movement and music while also raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association’s programs and services.

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No, I don’t think you have to worry about performing an interpretive dance at this shindig or even demonstrating your square-dancing skills. However, Chicago Grandstand will be providing live big band entertainment in case you want to get your groove on. Snacks and refreshments will be available whether or not you work up an appetite from the festivities.

Here are the details of this creative event:

  • What: Dance for Dementia
  • When: Sunday, June 23, 2013
  • Time: 3 PM – 6 PM
  • Where: Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston
  • Cost: FREE – though donations will be graciously accepted
  • Registration: Click here.
  • Contact: 847-848-0697 or

I love the idea for this event, perhaps because I was a dancer for many years. I started out as a gymnast (until I became too tall for the equipment) and then transitioned to modern and jazz dance lessons. I performed on dance squads as well as shook my “thang” solo throughout high school and college.

Here’s what I know. Dancing is therapeutic, healing, and can fill you with joy if you let it. I always defined dancing as “moving your body to music in such a way that makes you happy.”

That’s it. No one is judging, and there are no other standards. Forget So You Think You Can Dance. You CAN dance. You just have to allow yourself to enjoy it.

I believe this holds true for individuals with dementia, too. I’ve seen magic occur when music starts playing and a person with dementia begins to move to it with abandon. It is in these moments that I feel those with dementia truly feel like themselves, the way they’ve always been. It brings joy to those around them, as well.

So give Dance for Dementia a chance. It’s for a great cause. Plus, something might be awakened in you or your loved one that you can draw upon for strength and continuity in the days to come.

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