Dancing with Parkinson's (Book)

This book explores the experience and value of dancing for people living with the neurodegenerative disorder Parkinson’s disease. Linking aesthetic values to wellbeing, Sara Houston articulates the importance of the dancing experience for those with Parkinson’s, and argues that the benefits of participatory dance are best understood through the experiences, lives, needs, and challenges of people living with Parkinson’s who have chosen to dance.

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This book explores the experience and value of dancing for people living with the neurodegenerative disorder Parkinson’s disease. Linking aesthetic values to wellbeing, Sara Houston articulates the importance of the dancing experience for those with Parkinson’s, and argues that the benefits of participatory dance are best understood through the experiences, lives, needs, and challenges of people living with Parkinson’s who have chosen to dance.

Presenting personal narratives from a study that investigates the experience of people with Parkinson’s who dance, intertwined with the social and political contexts in which the dancers live, this volume examines the personal and systemic issues as well as the attitudes and identities that shape people’s relationship to dance. Taking this new primary research as a starting point, Dancing with Parkinson’s builds an argument for how dance becomes a way of helping people live well with Parkinson’s.

Sara Houston is a principal lecturer in the Department of Dance at the University of Roehampton in London. Her interest is in community dance, particularly with those marginalised in society. Her Parkinson’s research won her a BUPA Foundation Prize in 2011.

Acknowledgements 

Introduction

Part 1: Positioning dance with Parkinson’s 

Chapter 1: Parkinson’s pathology in a social context 

Chapter 2: The phenomenon of dance for Parkinson’s 

Chapter 3: What’s so special about dancing? 

Part 2: The value of dancing with Parkinson’s 

Chapter 4: Living well with Parkinson’s 

Chapter 5: Exploring beauty 

Chapter 6: Interpreting grace 

Chapter 7: Finding freedom

Chapter 8: Understanding agency 

Epilogue: A beginning 

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