£2 million ballet and Parkinson’s study launched

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Author: Parkinson's Life editorsPublished: 7 November 2019

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Ballet and Parkinson's study

A new study launched by English National Ballet and university King’s College London, UK, will assess the impact of ballet on Parkinson’s symptoms.

Researchers hope that regular lessons – which include voice exercises and dance – will improve fluidity, gait and posture in people living with the condition.

The study is part of a wider project, costing in the region of UK £2 million, researching how the arts impacts physical and mental health.

Fleur Derbyshire-Fox, English National Ballet’s Engagement Director, said: “Since creating our Dance for Parkinson’s programme in 2010 we have seen first-hand the incredible effects dance can have on a person living with Parkinson’s.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this study, with the opportunity to embed the programme within secondary care, and in turn have a greater impact on the physical and emotional wellbeing of people living with Parkinson’s.”

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