Sunday, November 17, 2019

Dancing for Cancer Patients

The French artist Aude Michon has been visiting the Gustave Roussy hospital in Villejuif, France for the last two years to dance for people with cancer, simply to brighten up their day.

Aude Michon is a professional dancer who teaches Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha and other Latin dances. She created the Elles Dansent association to “accompany women daily during and after their cancer treatments, to enable them to maintain joy, confidence and physical, intellectual and emotional capabilities”. Originally she visited hospitals to teach dancing to cancer patients but the Gustave Roussy cancer-research institute and European Cancer Centre near Paris suggested she dance directly at the patients’ bedside.

The dancing uplifts people, giving them energy. According to the dancer, all that is most vital comes to the surface through music or dance. “Hospital inpatients need as much respite and lightness as children. People do not grow old in their head.”

Here she is in dancing action:

Featured image: Aude Michon, aude-m.com