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Unique Steppin’ – Improve your dance moves AND your balance!

Join us on Saturdays from 1-3pm starting August 20 as Safe Communities and Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) collaborate to offer Unique Steppin’ to improve balance AND dance moves. While this program is intended to improve your balance, there’s an added bonus of improving your dance moves all while having fun. Roy Jones is the Unique Steppin’ instructor and has experience with this Chicago style of dance and is gifted at teaching others about something he, himself, is so passionate about doing.

According to research, there is evidence that dance improves balance as we age. Using both the brain and the body at the same time challenges one in a way that improves our “functional capacity”.[1] Improving balance is so important in preventing a fall. As we age, we often lose strength in certain areas of our bodies that are integral to daily movement, such as sitting in a chair, standing from a chair, and stepping over a curb. When we can more safely navigate our environment, we can enjoy our environment more fully, which gives us more independence.

In addition to improving balance, this class is an opportunity to engage with others. We all know that Covid has prevented social interaction and has led to isolation in many cases. Social isolation can lead to various types of negative health outcomes. It’s important that we connect with one another. Unique Steppin’ provides people with that opportunity.

Whether you’ve never heard of Steppin’ or you’ve participated in Steppin’ competitions, all are welcome at the Unique Steppin’ class at MSCR East on Cottage Grove Rd. The only things you need are comfortable clothing and shoes, water, and a positive attitude! Roy will be there to greet you and to help you on your balance AND dance journey!

[1] Rodríguez B, Paris-Garcia F. Influence of Dance Programmes on Gait Parameters and Physical Parameters of the Lower Body in Older People: A Systematic Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Jan 29;19(3):1547. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19031547. PMID: 35162569; PMCID: PMC8835694.

 

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The partnerships built by Safe Communities have created a safer community, with more opportunities for education and awareness. We continue to envision a safer future for the people who live in Madison and Dane County, with instances of unnecessary deaths and serious injuries are infrequent, rather than a daily occurrence.

RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE

Treatment Key

Safe communities has complied a list of abbreviation definitions for finding the right treatment for you.

MAT: Medication for Addiction Treatment.
OP: Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends. individual and group therapy, these can include or not include MAT.
IOP: Intensive Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends individual and extended groups, 9-12 hours a week.
Residential: person lives at the facility for a period of at least 14 days, some last as many as 45 days.
PHP: Partial Hospitalization Program is a structured mental health treatment program that runs for several hours each day, three to five days per week.
DBT: Dialectical behavior therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that integrates mindfulness techniques.