Procedure of mood changes following social dance sessions in people with Parkin

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  • Participants were recruited though local advertisements and through contact with local PD support groups (therefore a self-selecting sample).
  • Participants were asked to fill out a demographics questionnaire and the POMS according to how they felt in the past month.
  • Participants then attended a weekly dance class, run by a qualified dance instructor, for a period of 10 weeks (weeks 2–11).
  • Dance classes lasted for 50 minutes and consisted of a 10 minute warm-up, 30 minutes of dancing and ended with a 5 minute cool-down. A 5 minute break was given midway. Each class was based on rhythmic dancing to a strong beat, designed to be appropriate for the age, mobilityand constraints of people with mild to moderate PD
  • They completed the classes standing, with the option to sit down if desired. The styleof dancing changed every 2 weeks and consisted of Bollywood, Tango, Cheerleading, Old Time Music Hall and Party dancing based on the Charleston and Saturday Night Fever.
  • Participants were taught in two separate, yet identical, dance classes.
  • Following completion of the dance classes, participants were asked to complete the POMS for a second time a few days later in week 12 (long cycle).
  • In the ninth week, participants were asked to complete the BRUMS, according to how they felt ‘right now’, before and after the dance class(short cycle).
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