Research workshop: Co-developing evidence-based therapeutic dance programmes for Parkinson’s

Research workshop: Co-developing evidence-based therapeutic dance programmes for Parkinson’s

The Body, Eyes and Movement (BEAM) Lab is hosting a one-day research workshop on dance for Parkinson’s at the University of Manchester on Wednesday 14th February 2018.

This event will bring together researchers, dance artists and practitioners, health professionals and people living with Parkinson’s. The aims of the workshop are to (i) share our latest findings and research plans to investigate benefits of dance for Parkinson’s, and (ii) discuss ideas for the development of an evidence-based therapeutic dance programme to improve Parkinson’s symptoms.

It is increasingly recognised that dance can offer therapeutic benefits for people with Parkinson’s, and existing research shows that it can improve movement, mood and quality of life. Our research aims to build on this evidence base by exploring potential benefits of dance for everyday actions and communication in Parkinson’s, as well as understanding some of the processes in the brain that make dance effective.

The workshop will run from 10:00 – 16:00 with lunch and tea/coffee provided. Places are limited – if you would like to attend, please complete the questions below and return to Judith.bek@manchester.ac.uk.

  1. What is your background/area of work?
  2. Why are you interested in research into dance for Parkinson’s?
  3. Are you currently involved in dance for Parkinson’s or do you have any plans to work in this area in the future? If so please briefly explain.