Hackney and Earhart (2010) Recommendations for Implementing Tango Classes for Persons with Parkinson Disease

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journal article


Madeleine E. Hackeny and Gammon M. Earhart. American Journal of Dance Therapy. 2010; Vol. 32, No. 1: pp 41-52.


Several studies have recently been published regarding the physical and emotional benefits of Argentine tango dance for individuals with Parkinson disease (PD). These papers focused on the effects of tango interventions rather than methods used to implement and deliver the interventions. The focus of the present paper is on methods for implementing PD-specific tango programs, to facilitate safe and appropriate implementation of community-based partnered dance programs for this population. We report successful methods for an Argentine Tango-based class, but these recommendations could be applicable to other partnered dances.



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population(s) served:

older adults