Feasibility of home exercises to enhance the benefits of tango dancing in people with Parkinson's disease

Giovanni Albani, Giuseppe Veneziano, Clara Lunardon, Calogero Vinci, Alessandra Daniele, Federico Cossa, Alessandro Mauro

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Background: A style of dance called tango translates clinical practice into a new philosophy and rehabilitative approach for individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD). The style of dance mixes music, self-generated and external cued strategies and social and emotional recovery. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of studies reporting health benefits for people diagnosed with PD who dance tango. However, there are some organisational limitations to people participating in dance classes, including having trained Tango teachers, an appropriate space for dancing, and schedule that allows for participants with motor inabilities. Methods: This pilot study involved the observation of PD patients who completed four days of home exercise plus a tango dance lesson each week for five weeks. Results: Ten PD patients improved their quality of life, their motor score on the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale and their kinematic performances. Conclusions: We propose a protocol of exercises that has been derived from the tango dance and that can be performed in a patient's home.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-239
Number of pages7
JournalComplementary Therapies in Medicine
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


  • Dance
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Rehabilitation
  • Tango

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing


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