Movement, Aging, Creative Technology and Well Being

Christina Tsoules Soriano is an expert in dance and neuroscience and intergenerational community engagement. She will share her work in a short intro talk and workshop for interested students and faculty, Please RSVP

Wednesday, November 29th
3:00-5:00 PM
Sullivant Hall, Rm 390

Soriano is Director of Dance, Wake Forest University,
Associate Professor,
Dance and Neuroscience,
Dance and Aging

Since 2012, Christina has regularly taught a community dance class in Winston-Salem, NC to people living with Parkinson’s Disease, and has been involved in three scientific studies that look at the ways improvisational dance can help the mobility and balance of people living with neurodegenerative disease. Soriano is an associate professor and director of dance at Wake Forest University. At Wake, she regularly teaches Improvisation, Dance Composition, Modern Dance technique and a course she co-teaches with chemistry colleague Rebecca Alexander entitled Movement and the Molecular.

She has received funding from the National Parkinson Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, and the NIH to conduct a randomized clinical trial, testing her improvisational dance method in a community of adults living with Mild Cognitive Impairment and their carepartners. More information about this work can be found at http://www.improvment.us/

Her published work has appeared in the Journal of Dance Education, Research in Dance Education, Dance Magazine, Theatre Journal, the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, The Journal of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics and Frontiers in Neurology. She is also very involved in an annual, interdisciplinary symposium: Wake Forest’s Aging Re-Imagined, which brings together the work of artists and scientists around the topic of Healthy Aging.

The workshop is being provided by the Humane Technologies Discovery Theme project and co-sponsored by the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design with space provided by the Department of Dance.