Moving Through Possibilities: Using Dance for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease


  • Tumay Tunur California State University San Marcos
  • Kara Rickford Syracuse University
  • Louis Columna Syracuse University


Community-based activities dance, families, physical activity, Parkinson’s disease


Individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) experience complications with motor ability, such as impaired balance, movement fluidity, and speed, that can limit their physical activity opportunities. The non-motor symptoms associated with PD can include mood disorders, social isolation, cognitive impairments, and declined self-efficacy. Dance has been proven to be a beneficial form of physical activity for this population. The purpose of this article is to describe the multiple benefits individuals with PD can obtain by attending dance class. It is our intention to provide readers with strategies and recommendations to implement a dance program for individuals with PD in their community.

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