Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Mandy Masmar


Dance therapy for older people; Parkinson's disease--Physical therapy;


I chose to examine the effects of different styles of dance on individuals with Parkinson’s disease for of two reasons. The first being that I have a passion for dance. It has been a part of my life since I was five years old, and over the years it has brought me a lot of joy and allowed me to express my creativity. The second reason is that in the past I had heard that dance could be used as a form of therapy for various motor disorders, and I found that fascinating. I wanted to know which styles of dance have been proven to have a positive effect on the individual’s motor movement and their overall well-being. Because I know someone who has Parkinson’s disease, I chose to focus on this particular motor disorder and examine the existing research on the effects of dance therapy has on individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

Year of Submission



School of Kinesiology, Allied Health, and Human Services

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original


Object Description

1 PDF file (2 pages)



File Format


Click below to download supplemental content.

01 Warm Up Routine.mp4 (357294 kB)
02 Ballet Combination 1.mp4 (168054 kB)
03 Ballet Combination 2.mp4 (84976 kB)
04 Ballet Combination 3.mp4 (107644 kB)
05 Irish Solo Step.mp4 (168062 kB)
06 Irish Duet.mp4 (21454 kB)
07 Irish Trio Dance.mp4 (37266 kB)
08 Tango Combination 1.mp4 (275012 kB)
09 Tango Combination 2.mp4 (48594 kB)
10 Tango Combination 3.mp4 (200050 kB)