Parkinson’s disease is a progressive movement disorder that involves malfunction of neurons in the brain which, in turn, kills off the dopamine production in the brain, leaving the individual with very limited mobility. Studies show that when an individual suffers from limited mobility, getting them up and moving again is one of the only ways they can achieve their independence again.
Dance has beneficial effects on the brain that has been used to treat people with this disease. With constant movement, activity stimulates the brain by activating motor and sensory responses. As a therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease, the effects of dancing has been shown to improve a number of areas from posture and gait, to overall functioning of muscles and memory span.