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Saturday Dance Challenge Empowers Individuals


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Naseem Chatiwala is a physical therapist who works with patients with neurological disabilities. To help motivate her patients, she came up with the idea of a dance challenge inspired by worldwide Jerusalema dance challenge.

“At Rehab Health 360 we believe everyone can dance and take advantage of moving to music. We wanted to give individuals with disabilities an opportunity to perform a learned dance program with only one motive in mind – to come together and have fun! This dance challenge is not about perfection – but the imperfections that make it perfect,” Says Naseem Chatiwala.

In this dance challenge, a diverse group of 15-20 individuals with a wide range of disabilities will be participating. These diagnoses include Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussion, vestibular issues, dementia, among others. By working in rehab, these individuals have gained the ability to move to music. One of the highlights is one of the participants is a retired professional American football player coming all the way from New York, who played running back from 1972 to 1974 for the New York Jets.

Event Details:

  • Saturday June 11th 2022
  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 18 Magnolia Drive, Westford, MA 01886

She concluded, “People with chronic disabilities often isolate themselves and are conscious about movement to music. They worry about falls, tripping, not being graceful and are anxious to be surrounded by other people. This dance challenge will challenge them to come out of their comfort zones and to empower individuals with disabilities to embrace the many advantages music and movement can provide.”

#Together will bring these individuals to dance away fearlessly and inspire others to do the same.

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