Keyword: dance

Dance can improve quality of life for those with Parkinson’s Disease

This research was conducted by Alice Davies and Ian Patrick Noonan at King’s College London.

Summary

Parkinson’s Disease frequently impacts the balance and gait of sufferers and participation in dance programmes has been shown to generate improvements in patients. This article consolidates the existing literature on the topic. It …

A ballet-based dance intervention for people with Parkinson’s

This research was conducted by Ashley McGill, Sara Houston and Raymond Y.W. Lee at the University of Roehampton and the University of Portsmouth.

Summary

Parkinson’s disease is characterised by loss of balance and stability, which can have a two-way detrimental impact on an individual’s quality of life by …

By | 21 August 2018 |

The impact of dance and music training on our brains

This research was conducted by Chiara Giacosa and four others at the Université de Montréal, Canada.

Summary

Dance and music are universal forms of human expression that have common and distinct features. Dance engages the whole body and requires the integration of visual, auditory and motor information. Music engages specific parts …

By | 19 March 2018 |

How people acquire new tastes in music

This research was conducted by Alessandra Lembo at the University of Chicago, USA.

Summary

Honky Tonk Night Happy Hour is a hard country music club night at small venue in a large mid-western US city. The study took place over 15 months via a combination of observation and life history interviews …

By | 7 August 2017 |

Singing and dancing in groups is associated with increased wellbeing

This research was conducted by Melissa K. Weinberg and Dawn Joseph at Deakin University, Australia

Summary

This study found that people who dance to music or attend musical events have higher levels of subjective wellbeing compared to people that do not. Singing with others was also found to be associated with …

By | 22 June 2017 |

Using digital platforms for deeper and richer engagement with arts audiences

This research was conducted by Ben Walmsley at the University of Leeds, UK

Summary

The paper describes a project that used a bespoke online platform to allow the public to commission, interact with and reflect upon two dance performances at Yorkshire Dance in Leeds, a city in northern England. The research …

By | 9 February 2017 |

Dance as a form of emotion-sensitivity training

This research was conducted by Julia F. Christensen, Antoni Gomila, Sebastian B. Gaigg, Nithura Sivarajah and Beatriz Calvo-Merino at City University London and University of the Balearic Islands

Summary

Expertise in the arts is known to be associated with changes in the structure and function of the brain, leading artists to …

By | 30 January 2017 |

Dance raises your pain threshold and aids social bonding

This research was conducted by Bronwyn Tarr, Jacques Launay, Emma Cohen and Robin Dunbar at the University of Oxford, UK

Summary

Dance is a common cultural activity in which participants exert themselves in synchrony with music and with one another. Dancing is thought to help in the building of social bonds …

By | 7 January 2016 |

Contemporary dance enhances physical fitness and psychological wellbeing

This research was conducted by Mary Kate Connolly, Edel Quin and Emma Redding at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Summary

This study assessed the physiological and psychological impact of contemporary dance classes on 55 girls aged 14 from secondary schools in the UK as part of the Dance 4 …

By | 11 December 2014 |

Increasing young people's attendance at performing arts events

This research was conducted by Andrew J. Martin, Michael Anderson and Ricci-Jane Adams at the University of Sydney and University of Melbourne, Australia

Summary

This paper examined a range of factors that determined whether or not adolescents attended a performing arts event (defined as live dance, music or drama). The study …

By | 6 May 2014 |