The Sentara RMH Stroke Program, in collaboration with James Madison University and Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT), will offer a series of free movement workshops for stroke survivors and their partners in early April.

Stroke program offers movement workshop

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The Sentara RMH stroke program, in collaboration with James Madison University and Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT), will offer a series of movement workshops for stroke survivors and their partners in early April.

“The Meaning in Movement” is a free, two-part program and will be presented by SPDT at Sentara RMH Monday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 8 from 10 a.m.–noon. Participants are asked to sign up for both days. Activities will be structured around movement, not dance, so no knowledge of how to dance is required. Participants will be invited to share their life stories and experiences as stroke survivors and to translate their stories and feelings into movement to help them find expression for the complex feelings and pressures they experience as a result of stroke.

“With the exploration of movement, both stroke survivors and their partners can find avenues of understanding and healing,” said Janet Marshman, stroke program coordinator for Sentara RMH Medical Center. “Discovery and hope are part of the foundation of both arts and healing.”

The workshops will help stroke survivors and their partners build relationships with other stroke survivors in the community, and help them understand that they are not alone in this journey, Marshman added.

The collaboration is made possible by an SPDT grant. To celebrate its 35th anniversary season, SPDT conducted a nationwide application process to award “one incredible community” a weeklong residency and performance opportunity. The JMU School of Theatre and Dance applied for and was awarded the grant.

To participate in one of the movement workshops at Sentara RMH, call 540-689-1654.