We work on many projects that explore a theme of resilience within all of us. Our projects share journeys of resilience through visual arts, performance, dance, theatre, writing and beyond.
Capturing Moments: Living Life with Parkinson's
Circle of Chairs - Parkinson's Dance Workshop
Forging Resilience is pleased to present an introduction to Dance for PD® based class led by Erica Rose Jeffrey. Members of the community are invited to join Erica Rose Jeffrey for a free sample Dance for Parkinson’s class. Dance for Parkinson’s program coordinator, Erica Rose Jeffrey, will lead participants in a 60 minute class inspired by the company’s repertoire. People at all levels of mobility and ability are welcome. After the one hour class there will be a chance for discussion and socializing
Erica Rose Jeffrey
Originally from Montana, she has worked as a performer, choreographer, educator and arts leader in the United States and internationally. In 2013, she initiated the first nationwide Dance for Parkinson’s Australia program working with the founders of the US based Dance for PD® Program. As the Program Manager for Dance for Parkinson’s Australia she has presented at multiple Parkinson’s Conferences and has worked with communities to support Dance for Parkinson’s classes throughout Australia. She is currently supporting Queensland Ballet in their Dance for Parkinson’s Pilot Program.
Dance Film Festival
Film: Capturing Grace
This film tells the story of some of the original dancers and teachers in the Dance for PD® program in Brooklyn, New York and is part of VIBE in an exclusive showing for the first time in Missoula.
"Capturing Grace is a story about two realms. One is occupied by some of the most acclaimed modern dancers in the world. The other is inhabited by a group of people with Parkinson’s disease. This film is about what happens when those world interact."
—Dave Iverson, filmmaker and director
Film: Looking at the Stars
A documentary film about the first and only ballet school for the blind in São Paulo, Brazil.
Always look up and do what you love, that’s the lesson that Fernanda Bianchini teaches all her students. Fernanda started the ballet school for the blind program 16 years ago, teaching a dozen girls when she was only 15 years old. Despite people’s disbelief, Fernanda has persisted in teaching the blind ballet and the Fernanda Bianchini’s Association of Ballet and Arts for the Blind is now used as a reference all over the world.
Eighth Grade Essay & Photography Project
The Silver Foundation Forging Resilience has teamed up with the Writing Coaches of Missoula on a "Resilience" writing/photography project with Meadow Hill Middle School 8th graders. Writing coaches will help students hone their personal narratives about what resilience means to them. Forging Resilience will provide photography instruction with Doug Johnson and Carolyn Maier. Each student will be given a disposable camera to photograph images that illustrate their essays.