DWP is dedicated to employing evidence-based research in understanding the impact of dance in the lives of people with PD. 

  1. Journal of Brain Sciences: Study says dancing helps slow progression of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

  2. Elsevier Journal - Reflections on experiential learning in evaluation capacity building with a community organization, Dancing With Parkinson’s

  3. Elsevier Journal - Evaluating Dancing With Parkinson's: Reflections from the perspective of a community organization

  4. Evaluating Complexity - Valuing Innovations: Evaluating the Online Platform of Dancing with Parkinson’s

  5. Toronto Evaluation - Evaluating Dancing with Parkinson's

  6. ​St. Michael's Centre of Evaluation for Complex Health Interventions: Building evaluation Capacities in Community Organization to Improve Brain Health

  7. The Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions:

A) See Evaluating Dancing with Parkinson's Website

B) In 2020 The Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions undertook to examine the impact and mechanisms of action of the virtual dance classes, along with areas of improvement:

  • 60% participate between 4 to 7 classes per week with DWP.

  • 80% report improving energy levels and mobility

  • 51% report reduced feelings of isolation

  • 64% report reduced feelings of depression

  • 80% of respondents indicated that the virtual dance classes made the physical distancing during the pandemic more bearable

  1. Queens University: Changes to Saccade Behaviors in Parkinson’s Disease Following Dancing and Observation of Dancing

  2. Movement Disorders Society Blog: Dance with Parkinson's 2018 

  3. York University: Improvements in Balance and Gait Speed after a 12 Week Dance Intervention for Parkinson’s Disease

  4. University of Toronto: More than just dancing: experiences of people with Parkinson’s disease in a therapeutic dance program 

  5. Sheridan College: A pilot Evaluation of a Specialized Dance program for individuals with Parkinson’s