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Research Into the Impact of Dance on Parkinson's Disease

The School of Psychology is investigating the benefits of dance in people with Parkinson's Disease.

Researchers in the School of Psychology at Queen's University Belfast are investigating the impact of dance in people with Parkinson's Disease.  Parkinson's can lead to many symptoms including tremor, balance impairment, cognitive changes and depression.  Dance has gained attention as a promising therapy for people with Parkinson's given that it is a physical, cognitive and sensory experience that provides opportunities for creative expression in a social setting.

Last year, PhD student Anna Carapellotti and Dr Mihalis Doumas from the Perception and Action research theme investigated the feasibility and acceptability of implementing a dance program for people with Parkinson's in Northern Ireland.  Statistically significant improvements in mobility, mood and health-related quality of life were noted after 20 sessions.  The program was well received, with 100% of the participants indicating that they enjoyed the dance classes.  There are now regular classes available for the Parkinson's community at Queen's Sport.  To learn more about our dance classes, please check out the video above.

To register interest, please contact:

Anna Carapellotti  acarapellotti1@qub.ac.uk