Patients fight Parkinson’s with ballet

PHOENIX – Therapeutic ballet classes are helping patients with Parkinson’s disease ease symptoms.

Dance instructor Debbie Braganza of Ballet Arizona said dancers work to control their bodies. That control can help with trembling, a symptom of the disease.

Ed Coyoli, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago, said his therapist told him dancing has helped.

“[Dancing] loosens up my body and improves my attitude…I don’t think I could get through the week without doing at least one class.”

Regardless of what you do, Coyoli said to just do something.

“Don’t sit in the chair, don’t become depressed,” he said. “Get up and fight.”

Classes are offered for $5 every Wednesday.