Monday, 17 September 2012

Dr Sarah Houston Lecture 25th October Using Dance to Assist People with Parkinson's Disease

Lecture on Dance and Parkinson’s Disease

To be given by Dr Sara Houston on 25 October 2012 at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, 187 Newbold Road, Chesterfield S41 7BE.

Dr Sara Houston, University of Roehampton, will give an illustrated lecture on her research on using dance to assist people with Parkinson’s disease. Collaborating with English National Ballet, Dr Houston and her team are investigating the potential physical, social and mental benefits of dance for people with the movement disorder. Dr Houston’s research highlights remarkable success in helping people with Parkinson's with movement control, flexibility and balance.
Participants who even have difficulty walking are discovering they can dance and are gaining a new found confidence. The results also have highlighted the importance of dance as a means of enhancing social engagement and intellectual stimulation.

Taught by specialist teachers at English National Ballet, the weekly dance sessions in London emphasise dance as an artistic practice, rather than as a therapy. The results are all the more remarkable because of the artistic emphasis. Dr Houston won the prestigious Bupa Foundation Vitality for Life Prize 2011 for her work.

Dr Sara Houston

Dr Sara Houston is Principal Lecturer in Dance at University of Roehampton, London. She is a community dance specialist, working as a researcher with older people, young people at risk and adult prisoners, as well as people with Parkinson's. Dr Houston is Chair of the Board of the Foundation for Community Dance, the national support organisation for community dance artists.

If you require further information regarding Dr Houston’s lecture please contact Ian Gordon on 01246 270954.