Body adaptation to Dance: A Gerontological Perspective

Piotr Gronek, Michał Boraczyński, Aline Nogueira Haas, Jan Adamczyk, Mariola Pawlaczyk, Wojciech Czarny, Cain C.T. Clark, Urszula Czerniak, Anna Demuth, Roman Celka, Paulina Wycichowska, Joanna Gronek, Magdalena Król-Zielińska

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    A number of studies have investigated the effectiveness of dance in older adults in the context of healthy aging. Analysing results across studies is important to understand whether dance in older adults is an effective adjunctive intervention for the healthy aging. To summarize the current research results about the effectiveness of dance in older adults in the context of healthy aging, and to identify key areas for future research. The search was conducted in Web of Science, PubMed and Google Scholar databases, using the following search string and Boolean logic ('AND', 'OR') locating studies published between database inception and September 2018: Dance OR contemporary dance OR ballroom dance OR Latin dance OR standard dance OR hip-hop dance OR tango AND Cardiovascular OR circulation AND Emotion OR well-being OR blood pressure OR disease OR thrombosis OR vascular OR glucose OR blood OR cardiac OR mental OR heart rate. Two reviewers independently extracted studies data. Eight suitable publications were included. The results showed that dance promote improvements in cognitive parameters when compared to other types of exercise or no-exercise. Significant effects were found on some physiological parameters, even after a short intervention period. Dance proved to be able to assist older adults in the context of healthy aging. The improvements in the cognitive, physiological and motor control parameters are very relevant for this population, due to the impact in a better quality of life.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)902-913
    Number of pages12
    JournalAging and Disease
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2021

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    Copyright: © 2020 Gronek P et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


    • cognition
    • dance
    • motor control
    • older Adults
    • physiological parameters
    • Physiological parameters
    • Dance
    • Cognition
    • Motor control
    • Older adults

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geriatrics and Gerontology
    • Clinical Neurology
    • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
    • Cell Biology


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