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  • Amans, D., (Ed). (2013). Age and Dancing – older people and community dance practice. Palgrave Macmillan (a great overview with lots of relevant information)
  • Hogan, Al, (Ed) (2014). The Song of the Body – Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing. Royal Academy of Dance Enterprises Ltd, London. (some chapters focus on older people)
  • Hill, H (2009). Invitation to the Dance. University of Stirling: Stirling (this book provides practical suggestions for leading simple dance session for people with dementia
  • Houston, S., (2019). Dancing with Parkinson’s. Intellect



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Evidence Supporting Health Benefits of Dance

References for papers and research studies in relation to Benefits of Dance for Older People
  1. Alpert, P. T., Miller, S. K., Wallmann, H., Havey, R., Cross, C., Chevalia, T., Kodandapari, K. (2009). The effect of modified jazz dance on balance, cognition, and mood in older adults. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 21(2), 108-115.
  2. Alves, H. V. D. (2013). Dancing and the aging brain: The effects of a 4-month ballroom dance intervention on the cognition of healthy older adults. (Dissertation/Thesis), ProQuest Dissertations Publishing
  3. Batson, G., Migliarese, S. J., Soriano, C., H. Burdette, J., & Laurienti, P. J. (2014). Effects of Improvisational Dance on Balance in Parkinson’s Disease: A Two-Phase fMRI Case Study. Physical & Occupational Therapy In Geriatrics, 32(3), 188-197.
  4. Connolly, M., & Redding, E. (2010). Dancing towards well-being in the third age: Literature review on the impact of dance on the health and well-being of older people. Retrieved from Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance website
  5. Coubard, O. A., Ferrufino, L., Nonaka, T., Zelada, O., Bril, B., & Dietrich, G. (2014). One month of contemporary dance modulates fractal posture in aging. Frontiers In Aging Neuroscience, 6, 17.
  6. da Silva Borges, E. G., de Souza Vale, R. G., Cader, S. A., Leal, S., Miguel, F., Pernambuco, C. S., & Dantas, E. H. M. (2014). Postural balance and falls in elderly nursing home residents enrolled in a ballroom dancing program. Archives of gerontology and geriatrics, 59(2), 312-316.
  7. Fernández-Argüelles, E. L., Rodríguez-Mansilla, J., Antunez, L. E., Garrido-Ardila, E. M., & Muñoz, R. P. (2015). Effects of dancing on the risk of falling related factors of healthy older adults: a systematic review. Archives of gerontology and geriatrics, 60(1), 1.
  8. Foster, P. P. (2013). How does dancing promote brain reconditioning in the elderly? Frontiers In Aging Neuroscience, 5, 4.
  9. Hackney, M. E., & Earhart, G. M. (2010). Effects of dance on balance and gait in severe Parkinson disease: a case study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 32(8), 679-684.
  10. Heiberger, L., Maurer, C., Amtage, F., Mendez-Balbuena, I., Schulte-Mönting, J., Hepp-Reymond, M.-C., & Kristeva, R. (2011). Impact of a weekly dance class on the functional mobility and on the quality of life of individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Frontiers In Aging Neuroscience, 3.
  11. Houston, S., & McGill, A. (2012). A mixed-methods study into ballet for people living with Parkinson’s. Arts & Health, 5(2), 1-17.
  12. Hui, E., Chui, B. T.-k., & Woo, J. (2009). Effects of dance on physical and psychological well-being in older persons. Archives of gerontology and geriatrics, 49(1), e45-e50.
  13. Hwang, P. W-N., & Braun, K. L. (2015) The Effectiveness of Dance Interventions to Improve Older Adults’ Health: A Systematic Literature Review Altern Ther Health Med. 21(5): 64–70.
  14. Kattenstroth, J. C., Kolankowska, I., Kalisch, T., & Dinse, H. R. (2010). Superior sensory, motor, and cognitive performance in elderly individuals with multi-year dancing activities. Frontiers In Aging Neuroscience, 2.
  15. Keogh, J. W., Kilding, A., Pidgeon, P., Ashley, L., & Gillis, D. (2009). Physical benefits of dancing for healthy older adults: a review. Journal of Aging Physical Activity, 17(4), 479-500.
  16. Keogh, J. W., Kilding, A., Pidgeon, P., Ashley, L., & Gillis, D. (2012). Effects of different weekly frequencies of dance on older adults’ functional performance and physical activity patterns. Eur J Sports Exerc Sci, 1, 14-23.
  17. Kim, S.-H., Kim, M., Ahn, Y.-B., Lim, H.-K., Kang, S.-G., Cho, J.-h., Song, S.-W. (2011). Effect of dance exercise on cognitive function in elderly patients with metabolic syndrome: A pilot study. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 10(4), 671-678.
  18. Krampe, J., Wagner, J. M., Hawthorne, K., Sanazaro, D., Wong-Anuchit, C., Budhathoki, C., Raaf, S. (2014). Does dance-based therapy increase gait speed in older adults with chronic lower extremity pain: a feasibility study. Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.), 35(5), 339.
  19. Kshtriya, S., Barnstaple, R., Rabinovich, D. B., & DeSouza, J. F. X. (2015, December 1). Dance and Aging: A Critical Review of Findings in Neuroscience. American Journal of Dance Therapy. Springer New York LLC.
  20. Machacova, K., Vankova, H., Volicer, L., Veleta, P., & Holmerova, I. (2015). Dance as Prevention of Late Life Functional Decline Among Nursing Home Residents. Journal of Applied Gerontology.
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  22. Quiroga Murcia, C., Kreutz, G., Clift, S., & Bongard, S. (2010). Shall we dance? An exploration of the perceived benefits of dancing on well-being. Arts & Health, 2(2), 149-163.
  23. Rabbia, J. (2010). Dance as a community-based exercise in older adults. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 26(4), 353.
  24. Rehfeld K, Müller P, Aye N, Schmicker M, Dordevic M, Kaufmann J, Hökelmann A and Müller NG (2017) Dancing or Fitness Sport? The Effects of Two Training Programs on Hippocampal Plasticity and Balance Abilities in Healthy Seniors. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 11:305. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00305
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  26. Sandel, S. L., Judge, J. O., Landry, N., Faria, L., Ouellette, R., & Majczak, M. (2005). Dance and Movement Program Improves Quality-of-Life Measures in Breast Cancer Survivors. Cancer Nursing, 28(4), 301-309.
  27. Stacey, G., & Stickley, T. (2008). Dancing to keep young@heart. Mental Health Practice, 11(6), 34.
  28. Tarr, B., Launay, J., Cohen, E., & Dunbar, R. (2015). Synchrony and exertion during dance independently raise pain threshold and encourage social bonding. Biology Letters, 11(10), 20150767.
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  30. Westheimer, O. (2008). Why dance for Parkinson’s disease. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 24(2), 127.