SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) -- For over a decade, Ballet Spartanburg has offered free dance classes for people with Parkinson's disease as part of a nationwide program.
Classes have been life changing for participants and more classes will be offered later this year.
Winnie Walsh has battled Parkinson's for 15 years and keeping symptoms at bay has become a challenge.
"Parkinson’s has been called a disease of subtraction. It takes away your abilities, and it hurts when it does that,” Walsh said.
Dancing is one thing that’s helped her.
The once “dedicated couch potato” said she always feels better after exercise.
Each hour-long class focuses on movement, memory and community.
Ballet Spartanburg started offering Parkinson’s dance classes 14 years ago. The free classes meet the first and third Friday of each month. More classes will soon be offered thanks to support from the J M Smith Foundation.
Beginning Sept. 7, classes will meet at 10 a.m. Friday at the Chapman Cultural Center. They will also start offering a new dance class for people with early Alzheimer's and dementia.
Classes are free and new members are welcome.