When the Josef Kroboth Quartet takes the stage at ArtsQuest’s Musikfest Cafe on Sunday, April 7, Eric Aquino will be on the floor.
Aquino, a 41-year-old EMT from Easton, recalls only ever dancing to polka music once — back in his college days. But the married father of two is more than willing to give it another go — for good reason. Aquino was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a year ago in February.
St. Luke’s University Health Network is once again sponsoring the dance — called Polka for Parkinson’s — as a way to bring people like Aquino together with their families and friends for an afternoon of fun, camaraderie, education and healing.
Polka for Parkinson’s, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m., will feature old world polka and waltzes. It will include appearances by Button Box Committee and famed accordion player Walt Groller. Artsquest is located at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Registration is required by calling 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537).
One aim of Polka for Parkinson’s is to show the role that movement — in this case polka dancing – can play in reducing symptoms and delaying the progression of the neurological brain disorder.
St. Luke’s began has been hosting the annual even since 2013 as a way to mark the April observance of Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.
Polka for Parkinson’s also features an education component, including talks during breaks by patients who have benefited from treatment at St. Luke’s Movement Disorders Center.
The $5 suggested donation will go to St. Luke’s Parkinson’s Disease Fund.