Can learning to dance, or learning a specific dance, improve muscle control and movement in people suffering from Parkinson’s disease? That’s the basic question soon to be asked by a team led by a researcher at Toronto, Ontario’s York University.
Just as singing can help people who stutter, in a similar manner there is anecdotal evidence that learning dance associated with rhythms and melodies, can improve motor skills in Parkinson's sufferers.
Recently, York neuroscience Professor Joseph DeSouza of the Faculty of Health received a $20,000 donation from an Italian social club, Irpinia, to help fund this new research
Using brain scanning technology, the project will be developed with Canada’s National Ballet School, along with scientists at McMaster and Western University (both also in Ontario) the team will train National Ballet dancers to lead dance and movement classes for Parkinson’s patients.
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