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Swaying to the music and continue moving forward

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Healing dance helps people move forward Healing dance helps people move forward

For Ernie Romero and Sarah West, swaying to the music is one way to keep moving forward. 

"It helped me to feel and appreciate my body and accept the illness," Romero said.  

"We can tell them things that we've been through and if it comes back we're there to help each other," West said. "It's nice to have someone there that understands." 

The idea to incorporate dance into their list of activities came about last year--when Clare Cook approached the Miles Perret Center about the benefits of dancing. 

"It feels so authentic, it feels so human, and in the moment," Cook said. "That's the power of dance. It's so existential." 

Intrigued, Wellness Director Brittany McDade said they decided to give it a try. 

"It helps clients be able to express themselves," McDade said. "It helps them to physically and psychologically cope with whatever they have going on." 

A month later, they have grown from a class of nine to a class of 15. 

"This is another part of my extended family for me," West said. "They have been my best friend, support group, we love each other, and we've become very close. All of us."

Healing Dance takes place every Friday at 11:15am--at the Miles Perett Center. 

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