Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | The Guardian

The more I hear evidence like this, the more I question why the homes & hospitals we Americans tend to put our Senior Citizens in, have bare walls and allow solitary lifestyles.  Activity rooms focus on mundane activities instead of creative pursuits.  Why is it we just don’t “get” this?  When will it change?  Healing & Wellness includes the betterment of the soul – and we all know ART is what feeds the soul.  Why are we starving our Seniors of this requirement?

A few weeks ago, turning on the radio, I hear a voice saying that creative writing can help wounds heal faster. Startled, I turn the volume up. Volunteers were given small wounds; half were then asked to write about something distressing in their life, the other half about something mundane. The wounds of the confessional writers healed substantially more quickly. A thought or a feeling is felt on the skin. Our minds, which have power over our bodies, are in our bodies and are our bodies: we cannot separate

Full Story:   Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | Nicci Gerrard | Society | The Guardian

Katy Perry Launches Dance Contest for ‘Swish Swish’ Video 

Katy Perry launched a new competition to find a dancer to star in the forthcoming video for her Nicki Minaj-featuring single “Swish Swish,” off her new album Witness. Perry is hosting the competition alongside the dance entertainment platform, DanceOn.

Those that think they can dance in the “Swish Swish” clip can upload a video of their best choreography to YouTube, Instagram or Musica.ly with the hashtag #SwishSwishChallenge. All submissions should also tag Perry (@katyperry) and DanceOn (@danceon).

Full Story:  Katy Perry Launches Dance Contest for ‘Swish Swish’ Video – Rolling Stone

Allegro Dance Project performs “In Our Element” at Lyric Theatre

What a beautiful idea & story.

A few years ago, Lexington dancer Jeana Klevene was teaching one of her open adult ballet classes when one student caught her attention: a young man with autism. The student focused his body on dancing and put all his energy into the class, Klevene said.That student gave Klevene an idea for what is now Allegro Dance Project, a Lexington-based contemporary dance company with an outreach program for children with autism, Down syndrome or other specific needs.

Full story :  Allegro Dance Project performs “In Our Element” at Lyric Theatre | Lexington Herald Leader

At Future Steps, World Music and Wild Dancing Collide 

I absolutely LOVE this idea.  🙂

“The whole intention of Future Steps was to give dancers an event to call their own, all while exposing them to incredible underground dance music from all over the world. Everything from Bass House, Future Beats, Afrobeat, Baile Funk, G House and Latin Trap, to UK Garage, Future Funk, Jersey Club/Footwork, Soca, Bhangra, Grime, Nu Disco and Juke. Once you experience it in person, it makes perfect sense. With the help of some amazing dancers, each party has gotten bigger and better, incorporating live percussion and visuals.”

Read full story at:  At Future Steps, World Music and Wild Dancing Collide | Miami New Times

The Body Cannot Hide: How Dance Has Been a Vital Response to AIDS

So when AIDS visibly attacked the body and blindly targeted gay men, it also visibly attacked and blindly targeted dance.

But dance, precisely because it can’t escape its corporeal core, was uniquely equipped to respond. True, it doesn’t have the reach of a play, a book, or a film—dance’s impact is deeper than it is wide, both more symbolic and more literal.

Read this beautiful article at:  The Body Cannot Hide: How Dance Has Been a Vital Response to AIDS | Out Magazine

AP PHOTOS: Music, art help deal with violence in Rio slum

We all know how the arts help each of us deal with our problems. Anything from mild depression, to boredom, to inspiration seeking, etc. But compared to those featured in this story our issues seem very much “first world problems” and yet – the arts STILL offer relief.

Never underestimate the power of music, art, dance, literature – whatever creative outlet reaches someone – to change their life and give them that one thing they need to carry on, if only for one more day.

Isabela Maia, 10, says she gets nervous when her mother makes her and her 2-year-old sister come inside during a shooting. Her outlet is learning to play the violin.

“Music calms me down,” said Maia, who practices each afternoon after doing her homework.

Read this moving story here:  AP PHOTOS: Music, art help deal with violence in Rio slum – Washington Times