Effects of a ballet-based dance intervention on gait variability and balance confidence of people with Parkinson’s

Ashley McGill, Sara Houston, Raymond Yun Wah Lee

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Abstract

Background - Dance has shown to be beneficial for people with Parkinson’s. However, there is a lack of research on ballet for this population. The present study aimed to determine the effect of weekly ballet classes on gait variability and balance confidence for people with Parkinson’s.

Methods - The study follows a non-randomized, controlled project evaluation design. A group of 19 people with Parkinson’s who were already involved in weekly ballet classes volunteered for this research. A control group of 13 people with Parkinson’s were asked to not participate in dance classes across the duration of the study.

Results - The study did not demonstrate significant effects of weekly ballet classes on gait variability or balance confidence.

Conclusions - These findings differ from recent studies that suggest dancing can improve balance and gait for this population. There is a need to examine the optimal ballet class frequency required to elicit any potential positive change.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArts & Health An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice
Early online date6 Mar 2018
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Publication statusEarly online - 6 Mar 2018

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