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come as you are.

Brain in Motion® is a movement class to music, based on research, for people living with or recovering from brain injuries, their friends and family. 

Brain in Motion® is an uplifting, research-based movement-to-music class focused the connection of sequential movements to functions of the brain. Movement focus’ on breath, visual processing, spatial perception, memory, balance, coordination of voluntary movement, receptive language, size differences, eye tracking and peripheral vision.

Suzanne Ryanstrati, founder, is a retired professional dancer and a traumatic brain injury survivor. After suffering a brain hemorrhage and concussion, she asked her neurologist what she could in the recovery process. He said, “nothing.” Frustrated with that answer and determined not to give up, started researching exercises, therapies and scientific papers to identify options. She realized many of these were already ones she was doing when dancing. After further data-gathering, she developed Brain in Motion®, the first dance program for people with Brain Injuries in the United States.

This program is open to people living with brain injuries (B.I.), their friends, family members and community of support. Class may be taken seated or standing. Come as you are. 


There are different kinds of brain injuries and causes of brain injuries. 1) A traumatic brain injury, also called a TBI, occurs when brain function is altered by an external force. This happens when something strikes the head or when the head hits something as the result of a fall, motor vehicle accident, assault, and more. 2) A concussion is sometimes referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury or mTBI because they are usually not life threatening. A concussion is caused by a bump, jolt, or blow to the head that causes the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull. 3) Non-traumatic brain injury (also commonly referred to as an acquired brain injury) causes damage to the brain as a result of internal factors, such as a lack of oxygen, exposure to toxins, and pressure from a tumor.

Source: Brain Injury Association of America

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