Forth coming Programs
“…body movement reflects the inner state of the human and that by moving the body within a guided therapeutic setting, a healing process begins”
Evelyn Defina, Head of Dance, Wesley Institute for Ministry & the Arts
The underlying principle of this initiative is based on the fundamental belief that the physical state can dramatically impact mental attitudes and abilities. This belief is validated by the American Dance Therapy Association, which defines dance/movement therapy as "the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, cognitive and physical integration of the individual."There is documented research to show that the physical activity of dance can be the perfect non verbal approach needed to deal with medical conditions such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Diabetes, and Obesity. Many of these conditions are characterized by a disorder of relationship. Dance with its inherent ability to organize relationships in movement contains vital therapeutic and cohesive qualities that have a positive impact on the mental, physical and psychological well being of individuals with special medical conditions. As a professional practice that has evolved since the 1940s, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that dance therapy improves functional abilities of participants on a number of variables, like balance, rhythmic discrimination, mood, social interaction and increased energy level. This therapeutic initiative will include regular opportunities for participants to showcase their efforts through performances. Presenting their learning and skills will boost their self-confidence and sense of worth and help them become productive and integrated members of society.
Implementation of Objective:
This effort will be sustained and carried out primarily by qualified resident staff. However, recognizing the collective impact of family, education, society, and environment on the health and functioning of individuals with disabilities, the staff of India Foundation will work in collaboration with other agencies, professionals, and parents to provide optimal quality of service.
The foundation is equally committed to be an advocate for those who lack access to quality care because of social, political, cultural, geographic, or economic conditions. Though based in Fayetteville, North Carolina, India Foundation plans to have support centers established around the United States through strategic alliances with like-minded professionals and social organizations.