Moving Through Parkinson’s (MTP) was started as an extension of ongoing classes through the Music Therapy Program at Colorado State University. These classes offer guided exercises and support for community members with Parkinson’s Disease.
Taught and coordinated by Lisa Morgan, MTP classes were developed for people living with Parkinson’s Disease and who are able to move and engage in a wide range of activity. Through exercises and movement patterns, we work to improve balance, combat stiffness and rigidity, and improve coordination and spatial awareness. Our goals are to build confidence to move with freedom and ease, acquire tools to use on a daily basis and build strength and endurance and, overall, to improve our well being as we interact, share and move together.
Thanks to CSU news team, a wonderful story on our program and the gift of live music with the CSU Music Therapy program!
Lisa Morgan is a movement specialist who has been working in the dance and movement education field for more than 25 years. She is on the faculty at Colorado State University in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Since 2000, Lisa has taught modern dance technique, choreography and now is focusing on Teaching Methods for Children’s dance. She is passionate about seeing more movement in our K-12 schools and is involved in developing a Teacher Licensure program for dance educators as well as offering professional development opportunities for our K-12 teachers.
She also coordinates the dance portion of BRAINY, a program designed to bring students from Title I schools to the University Center for the Arts to experience music, theatre, dance and visual art for a day. Lisa was the Assistant Director of IMPACT Dance Company, a contemporary modern dance company based in Fort Collins, Colorado from 1996-2016. She has worked with all ages, sharing the joy of movement and the therapeutic benefits of dance.
Thank you to Siobhan Elder for donating our beautiful scarves!
Brittni McAlister is an instructor and facilitator for the MTP. She is an enthusiastic advocate for the role of dance and movement in overall wellness, and for the integration of dance into K-12 school curriculum. She received a BA in Communication Studies and a minor in Dance Performance from The University of Tennessee Knoxville, and is currently pursuing an MA in Dance Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She has been teaching dance for many years, and loves being a part of the northern Colorado community!