A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that being involved in either receptive cultural activities was found to be related to good health, satisfaction with life, and low levels of anxiety and depression. Building upon research from the National Center For Creative Aging suggesting that active participation in professionally led arts programs can promote health and prevent disease in older adults, Katha Dance Theatre developed Lotus Blossoms, a cultural dance program aimed at improving the quality of life for Minnesota’s aging population.
Who we are is expressed in how we move. Lotus Blossoms provides a new cultural arts focus to the field of creative aging, and an opportunity for Minnesotans to successfully tackle the challenge of living longer and staying healthy well into their golden years. The number of programs focused on older adults in Minnesota’s urban communities often lack an arts focus, and there are no programs that include the traditional arts of another culture. Through a series of weekly classes KDT engages participants by providing low-impact simple meaningful movements, storytelling, rhythm, music and folk arts of India. These classes enrich the participants’ lives; provide them with motion, mobility, balance and coordination. Dance trains the body; it improves physical, mental and spiritual health. It is respectful, it brings back self-esteem, it gives motivation, it is useful and exceedingly meaningful to people. Dance develops flexibility and instills confidence. Dance is stimulating mental activity that connects mind to body. Dance breaks isolation. The basis of dance is rhythm. The essence of dance is joy.
The lotus flower is a very important symbol in Indian culture. It symbolizes the complete purification of the body, mind and soul, and the full blossoming of blissful liberation.
Session: 90 minutes classes, once a week for 6 weeks
Instructors: Rita Mustaphi / Mukta Sathe