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CBG Institute for Dance and Health (now known as Time to Dance--TTD) was founded by Lynne Chervony Belsky, M.D., a former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and a Highland Park physician; and Lisa Gold, dance instructor and owner of Highland Park’s North Shore School of Dance. The mission of TTD is to enrich the health and quality of life for adults 50 and over through dance education, performance, research, and community outreach. Providing classes in ballet, modern, and tap, with scholarships available to students with extraordinary need, our vision is a community that conquers ageism by encouraging and supporting its senior citizens in their artistic endeavors while cultivating an understanding of the value of the arts in promoting healthy lives. It is a community that embraces dance in collaboration with other local arts organizations, to bridge generations and cultures.
Lynne Chervony Belsky, M.D., is a former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and a Highland Park physician. Lisa Gold, is a dance instructor and owner of Highland Park’s North Shore School of Dance. Together they founded the nonprofit CBG Institute for Dance and Health, now known as Time to Dance. Sharing the vision of a community that conquers ageism by encouraging and supporting senior citizens in their artistic endeavors, they teach dance classes to adults 50 and up in Gold’s studio, located a block from the downtown Highland Park Metra station. Belsky began researching the therapeutic effects of dance in 2012, and explains, there are numerous benefits of dance as we age. Different types of activity may help to ease symptoms or slow the need for care, but studies show that there is one specific activity that addresses all of these issues and is socially engaging and fun-and that activity is dance.
"Participating in dance heightens feelings of joy and connectedness," says Belsky. Studies show that structured dance is also medically therapeutic and has direct benefits that include increased stability, muscle strength, improved reaction time, cognitive improvements, tactile and motor skills performance, perceptual abilities and overall wellbeing.