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Effects of dance on movement control in Parkinson's disease: a comparison of Argentine tango and American ballroom.
Tango may target deficits associated with Parkinson's disease more than waltz/foxtrot, but both dances may benefit balance and locomotion.
Dance as therapy for individuals with Parkinson disease.
  • G. Earhart
  • Psychology, Biology
    European journal of physical and rehabilitation…
  • 1 June 2009
A review of the relatively scant literature on the benefits of dance for those with PD discusses what is currently known with respect to appropriate dosing of dance interventions, and speculates upon potential mechanisms by which dance may convey benefits.
Effects of Tango on Functional Mobility in Parkinson's Disease: A Preliminary Study
Future studies with a larger sample are needed to confirm and extend the observation that tango may be an effective intervention to target functional mobility deficits in individuals with PD.
Randomized Controlled Trial of Community-Based Dancing to Modify Disease Progression in Parkinson Disease
Improvements in the Tango group were apparent off medication, suggesting that long-term participation in tango may modify progression of disability in PD.
Functional Gait Assessment and Balance Evaluation System Test: Reliability, Validity, Sensitivity, and Specificity for Identifying Individuals With Parkinson Disease Who Fall
Both the Functional Gait Assessment and the Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BESTest) have reliability and validity for assessing balance in individuals with PD and the BESTest is most sensitive for identifying fallers.
Effects of Dance on Gait and Balance in Parkinson’s Disease: A Comparison of Partnered and Nonpartnered Dance Movement
The authors compared the effects of partnered and nonpartnered dance on balance and mobility in 39 people with mild-moderate PD and found that both groups significantly improved on the Berg Balance Scale, comfortable and fast-as-possible walking velocity, and cadence.
Utility of the Mini-BESTest, BESTest, and BESTest Sections for Balance Assessments in Individuals With Parkinson Disease
The Mini-BESTest has fewer than half of the items in the BESTest and takes only 15 minutes to complete, and has comparable-to-slightly greater discriminative properties for identifying fallers in individuals with Parkinson disease.
A Study on the Effects of Argentine Tango as a Form of Partnered Dance for those with Parkinson Disease and the Healthy Elderly
Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths in older adults (Murphy 2000), and they can lead to fear of falling, reduced quality of life, withdrawal from activities, and injury. Changes in joint