Argentine tango (tango) is a partnered dance focused on walking and balance dynamics. Partners learn correct posture and the ability to use the floor as a walking aid. For example, a forward step is broken down into multiple aspects: weight shifting, knee and hip positions, torso dissociation from hips, and gradual foot placement onto the floor again. Literature reports that tango significantly improves Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) motor scores in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) compared to no intervention.
1It has shown to be superior to ballroom dance and has a significant increase in motoric retention.
- Mcneely M.
- Duncan R.
- Earhart G.
A comparison of dance interventions in people with Parkinson disease and older adults.
Maturitas. 2015; 81: 10-16
- Hackney M.
- Earhart G.
Effects of dance on movement control in Parkinson’s disease: A comparison of Argentine tango and American ballroom.
J Rehabil Med. 2009; 41: 475-481
3Prior studies are based on subjective measurements such as the Berg Balance Scale, Timed Get Up and Go, and 6-minute walk. The uniqueness of this study is the use of GAITRite, which quantitatively analyzes gait and calculates fall risk. Thus, this study aims to verify the positive effects of tango on PD individuals with objectively collected data in fall risk and quality of life.
- Foster E.R.
- Golden L.
- Duncan R.P.
- Earhart G.M.
Community-based Argentine tango dance program is associated with increased activity participation among individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013; 94: 240-249
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- A comparison of dance interventions in people with Parkinson disease and older adults.Maturitas. 2015; 81: 10-16
- Effects of dance on movement control in Parkinson’s disease: A comparison of Argentine tango and American ballroom.J Rehabil Med. 2009; 41: 475-481
- Community-based Argentine tango dance program is associated with increased activity participation among individuals with Parkinson’s disease.Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013; 94: 240-249
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Published online: November 25, 2019
Funding Sources: This research was supported by the Florida State University College of Medicine Summer Research Fellowship.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
© 2019 Published by Elsevier Inc. on behalf of AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.