Difference Makers: North Texas Ballet Company Bringing Joy To Terminally Ill Patients

Susy Solis
December 06, 2019 - 1:08 pm

Neurologist Dr. Anna Tseng knows first hand the power that music and arts can have on someone. 

"Part of the reason I was interested in something like this because I saw it transform one my patients," Dr. Tseng said. 

One of her patients had an advanced Parkinsons. He'd previously been a professional pianist until the disease got in the way. 

"I could see that he'd lost hope since he couldn't play anymore," Dr. Tseng said. She encouraged him to play anyway, despite his physical limitations and because different parts of the brain are triggered by music, he was able to play just as he had when he was a professional. 

Consequently, hope was restored in her patient and Dr. Tseng knew there was something to exposing patients who had experienced neurological problems or trauma to music and the arts. That's when Dr. Tseng, a neurologist at Texas Health Dallas, partnered with Chamberlin Ballet to bring the Nutcracker to patients in the hospital. 

"We recognize that being in the hospital over the holidays is not an ideal situation," said Trudy Hale, Director of Development for Chamberlin Ballet. "To be able to come in to a hospital to perform, where people can walk out of their room and see the dancers and listen to music. It gives them a break."

The Chamberlin Ballet will be performing the Nutcracker Ballet at Texas Health Dallas, Margot Perot Building, on Saturday, December 7th at 4pm.

We're proud to call Dr. Anna Tseng and Chamberlin Ballet this week's KRLD Community Heroes.