Dance for Parkinson’s

couple dancingWe have carried out several studies in the hope of understanding more about whether dance can help people with Parkinson’s disease. For example, we have run studies exploring the effect of dance on a number of both physical and psychological outcome measures in this population.

Research Advisory Group

We are currently putting together a three-year research program into dance for Parkinson’s. We have put together a research advisory group, working with professionals from a variety of domains, such as people with Parkinson’s disease, academics, medical professionals, and physiotherapists to inform our research. See our Psychology Dance for Parkinson’s research advisory information sheet.

Dance for Parkinson’s Psychology Conference: Research past, present and future

For the first time, the University of Hertfordshire is holding a Dance for Parkinson’s Psychology Conference. This conference will bring together academics, people with Parkinson’s and medical professionals to explore the growing research in this field. Find out more about this exciting conference.

Weekly dance classes

The University also offers a weekly Dance for Parkinson’s class for people with Parkinson’s and their family and carers. Find out more about our classes.


The first paper to explore the effect of dance on mood in those with Parkinson’s was published in 2014, and others are currently in preparation.

Lewis, C., Annett, L. E., Davenport, S. H., Hall, A. A & Lovatt, P (2014) Mood changes following social dance sessions in people with Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Health Psychology, 1359105314529681

Hall, A. A., Lewis, C., Davenport, S. H., Annett, L. E & Lovatt, P (in prep). Investigations into two forms of dance on functional mobility, problem solving and quality of life in Parkinson’s disease.