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Dance helps Parkinson’s

An interesting story from NPR about how dance helps Parkinson’s patients in New York.

They discuss how people with Parkinson’s lose the ability to command their muscles to move. But they CAN do pre-learned movements. Dancers and researchers have found that for those with Parkinson’s who learn how to dance, the choreography becomes innate, becomes reflexive, and they can move better than in their everyday lives.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

2 thoughts on “Dance helps Parkinson’s

  1. I have Parkinson’s and my website asks the question: How come some people with Parkinson’s can dance better than they can walk? Eh? What’s up with that?

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