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ERIC Number: EJ948231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1464-7893
Dance-Making for Adults with Parkinson Disease: One Teacher's Process of Constructing a Modern Dance Class
Soriano, Christina T.; Batson, Glenna
Research in Dance Education, v12 n3 p323-337 2011
Within the last decade, research has supported the use of dance for people with Parkinson disease to improve health and wellbeing. While the majority of study findings have been positive for a variety of psychophysical outcomes (gait, mobility, and balance confidence, for example,), little has been reported in regard to the process of selecting class content. This paper describes one teacher's process of action research in developing a program in modern dance for a small group of adults with Parkinson disease and their spouses. The program was generated as collaborative pilot research to identify variables within modern dance that could be more rigorously examined and applied in future studies. Here the dance teacher describes her rationale and outlines the components of the class structure as a means of stimulating dialogue on a designing community-based dance curriculum for this population. Generating such dialogue will contribute to the developing body of literature in dance curriculum research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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