PODCAST BY SILVA LAUKKANEN
In this episode of DanceCast, Silva interviews Magda Kaczmarska, a dancer, researcher, and creative aging teaching artist based in New York City. Magda describes how her path as an immigrant with a background in dance and the sciences shaped her interest in and commitment to community-based dance in the ﬁeld of creative aging. She revisits how exposure to Dance for PD®, a program by Mark Morris Dance Group for people with Parkinson’s, led her to eventually leave her research career in pursuit of an MFA in Dance. An injury during grad school reinforced her career focus to expand access to creative aging for all communities. In NYC, she worked with the company Dances for a Variable Population with whom she supported hundreds of diverse older adults in exploring their creative expression through movement. Now, as an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health, she is working to expand creative aging programs globally, building programs that support brain health across the life span, and allying with communities of people living with dementia to amplify their creative voice. She expands on her belief that aging is a lifelong process, and at any point in our lives our experience that can be translated into creative expression through movement. She invites us to consider and question how we can support interconnectedness and meaningful creative expression for all as we age.
Magda Kaczmarska received her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and her BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Arizona. Magda has dedicated her career to utilizing the vehicle of dance and movement to amplify and support creative community. Her multidisciplinary work leverages a dual background in neuropharmacology and dance to build bridges between seemingly disparate sectors. Through all her work, she seeks to foster safe, creative, and inclusive spaces for discovery, agency and meaning. She believes all of us possess the ability to harness our creative expression to support building meaningful communities around us. As an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, Magda builds collaboration to design and expand access to creative aging programs that support brain health across the lifespan.
To learn more about Magda’s work, visit magdakaczmarska.com.