On Dance and Parkinson’s

The other day I was doing some housekeeping with my bookmarks, and like any housecleaning, I found a few gems … and this is one that I must share.

Some know that I take ballroom dance lessons, thus occasionally post about the topic; and yes, I also watch Dancing with the Stars. On the other hand, I don’t have Parkinson’s disease; nor does anyone in my family; nor anyone very close to me; but I’m in a golf league with a guy whose wife has Parkinson’s and golf-league night is the small bit of time for him to be away from his caretaker role. Nonetheless, I know terms as debilitating, chronic, and progressive are used to describe Parkinson’s.

I enjoy watching the news, but this report about how therapists use dance as a therapy for Parkinson’s patients struck me. Here’s a disease with those characteristic uncontrollable tremors that seem to stop during ballroom dance. In a time when we typically look to pharmaceuticals for help, who would have known that the world of music and dance reduces the tremors? Ah yes, the power of the mind.

Here’s a report to see. I’ve also added links to additional information below the video. Thanks for reading.

Additional Resources

About Parkinson’s

Print: Dance and Parkinson’s

Video: Dance and Parkinson’s

6 thoughts on “On Dance and Parkinson’s

  1. Great video. The power of the mind is so awesome. At least this is something one can enjoy and keeping their minds at ease in the process.

    I can’t help but think of our SN buddy ShakySpker when I hear about Parkinson’s especially since he’s had at almost as long as I’ve been alive(1975).

    Nice post!


    • David,
      When I first saw this report, I was stunned (in a positive sense). Who would have connected these!

      Thanks for the comment.


  2. Possibly of interest to you:
    Bob Dawson
    Havelock, Quebec
    Parkinson’s does not attack the part of the brain that handles music and dance. We are trying to train ourselves to stay as much as possible in the dance and music part. We need help to spread the word.
    Chapters: (all of them about dance and PD):

    * 1. The Question
    * 2. They Need to Dance
    * 3. Being Hank Williams
    * 4. Reservation or Plantation
    * 5. John Lee Hooker was right
    * 6. Sabre-Tooth Tigers: Once we were cat food
    * 7. Too soon old; too late smart
    * 8. Research: Parkinson’s and Pickled Herring
    * 8.5 You’ve got mail: Fear and loathing in Las Vegas
    * 9. Jules Olitski and the View of Delft
    * 10. Dancers talk about neurology more than neurologists talk about dancing.
    * 11. Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis
    * 12. A major evolutionary benefit
    * 13. It takes two to Tango
    * 14. The Breeze likes to rock it Like a boogie-woogie choo-choo train
    * 15. Alex KertenTakes a Hard Line Against Parkinson
    16. Parkinson’s chain letters
    17. I am not inebriated and it is not contagious


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  5. Never heard about this before …. but that is just wonderful news … I think dancing is good for loads of things and illness. I think it’s not so much the dancing as it’s that we are moving around .. and the best way to do that is to music. I often dance on my own in the living room .. to my favorite dance tunes.


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