Our own Cathy Quides was featured in the PD Active Newsletter, writing about her experience of dNaga’s show at SOMArts in May. Below is her article.
Photo Credit: Matt Haber
Reflections By Cathy Quides
“This past May, I had the privilege of performing with four other dancers with Parkinson’s and 12 dancers without Parkinson’s, all of us members of dNaga, a multicultural troupe of dancers ages 9 to 76 years. Claudine Naganuma, who brought the production together beautifully, choreographed and directed us in a series of ensemble dances that began with human rights themes and concluded with Proteinology, a set of dances sharing the challenges, tenacity and wisdom of people living with Parkinson’s.
At the end of each performance, the audiences celebrated us with tears, cheers, and applause, giving me pride in our courage to perform with dignity and heart despite stubborn movement challenges. I felt a special sense of camaraderie with my fellow dancers with Parkinson’s that grew out of our shared experiences – first as students in Claudine’s Dance for PD® class where we practice skills that help us move and balance our bodies in space, then as members of dNaga. Our younger dancers also danced their hearts out and lifted us not only with their spirit but, when we needed it, with their hands. This to and fro between the generations is nurtured when we elders share our wisdom and experience with the younger dancers during discussions that are an integral part of rehearsals.
Dancing with dNaga has enriched my life in countless ways. I invite you to come to a Thursday class, or explore the dNaga website to learn more.”