Research into benefits of dance for Parkinson's

English National Ballet and Roehampton University have announced the commissioning of research into the benefits of dance for people with Parkinson’s disease. ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’ was a 12 week project, funded by City of Westminster, which attracted 24 people with Parkinson’s, their family members and carers. Each week the group met for a dance class inspired by Rudolph Nureyev’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.

English National Ballet commissioned Dr. Sara Houston and Ashley McGill from Roehampton University to conduct research into the results of the project by examining the benefits of dance in its artistic form. The researchers reviewed the social and psychological benefits to participants as well as physical changes in posture, stability and mobility over the 12 week period.

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