What do the arts have to do with medicine? Dancer and medical researcher Jill Sonke explores the important relationship between creative expression and health for patients with serious medical illness.
Jill Sonke is a dancer and a researcher. She is the director of the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, and Assistant Director of the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program. Throughout her career she has sought to explore the relationships between creativity, meaning, and health through programs that bring the arts to hospitals, to help people living with challenges such as Sickle Cell and Parkinson’s diseases.
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I am dancing for my life...as your words explain succinctly...with panache & passion; from your mind & heart. I am, again, PROUD of our "Kids Rock"ford.
This is no dress rehearsal,
Wow! What amazing work you are doing, Jill. Thanks for sharing your story, and for all you do to help our patients. It's great to be affiliated with you via the UF Clinical & Translational Science Institute.07/05/2015
Jill, what a fabulous talk! Listening to your story about the past twenty years of continuing to work with your creativity and helping to grow Arts in Medicine into viable and quantifiable applications in Shands and other hospitals just made me so happy. Thank you for your decades of dedication, your beautiful and gentle way of being and inspiring others to open up to their creativity. When I was a little girl I learned to dig my fingernail into my thumb and concentrate on that 'feeling' so I wouldn't feel the needle stick when receiving a shot or having my blood drawn. The way focusing on 'art' decreases a patient's pain and anxiety is very real.
Your movement dance program is amazing....and the music in the ER program is exciting. Congratulations to you and all your artists!
Thank you for being so inspiring Jill, I absolutely loved your initiative and the beautiful, calm, relaxed delivery of your talk... just lovely, thank you x23/04/2015
Gave me chills!23/04/2015