Movement for Multiple Sclerosis: A Multi-site Partnership for Practice and Research.

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Introduction: While dance programs for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) have been developed throughout the world over the past two decades, dance programs for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are just beginning to emerge. This presentation introduces three program models and the multi-site partnership that has been developed between these programs.

Methods: Program leaders from two leading Research One universities (including various medical departments and related centers) and an international ballet company came together in Washington, DC in October 2018 to share program models, promising practices and challenges, and to develop a partnership designed to serve as a basis for the development of best practices,
pedagogies, and multi-site research.

Results: Collaborators qualitatively examined the program models and results of a pilot study conducted at one of the university hospitals.

Discussion: Thus far, each program has developed movement practices in their respective communities incorporating synergies from the meeting, information from collaboration with clinical providers, and using other movement programs as a foundation.

Conclusion: The preliminary qualitative feedback is promising and reveals potential to develop a dance framework that can positively improve the symptoms and neurological deficits for people with MS.


Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 25 Oct 2019
EventIADMS Annual Conference - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 22 Oct 201927 Oct 2019


ConferenceIADMS Annual Conference