Science in the art of tango

The art of tango in the modern medicine therapy

Madeleine E. Hackney, Atlanta, USA

15.08.2019.  18:00h

The Gallery of Matica srpska

This original scientific study is  the result of decade long research of multy disciplinary team with a main aim to discover and present benefits of a dance therapy for health conditions  and life quality improvement of adults with problems in motoric or cognitive functions, for example patients with Parkinson’s disease or the ones recovering from brain stroke. The lectures will be in a form of video-conference which give us possibility to ask questions and discuss with the professor.

Madeleine E. Hackney, Ph.D. assistant Professor of Medicine at Department of Medicine, Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics in Emory University School of Medicine

She works also as a Research Health Scientist at Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation in Atlanta VA Health Care System. Her studies are focused on analysis of the influence which tango classes have on physical condition improvement with people with Parkinson’s disease, the elderly and patients with severe mental illnesses. The results are regularly published in The New York Times, Scientific American, National radio etc.

Some of her works related directly to tango dance are:

  1. Holmes W, Hackney ME. Adapted tango for adults with Parkinson's disease: a qualitative study. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 2017 Jul; 34(3): 256-275. doi: 10.1123/apaq.2015-0113.
  2. Hackney ME, Byers C, Butler G, Sweeney M, Rossbach L, Bozzorg A. Adapted tango improves mobility, motor-cognitive function, and gait but not cognition in older adults in independent living. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Oct; 63(10): 2105-13. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13650.
  3. Hackney ME, McKee K. Community-based adapted tango dancing for individuals with Parkinson's disease and older adults. J Vis Exp. 2014 Dec 9; (94). doi: 10.3791/52066.
  4. Hackney ME, Hall CD, Echt KV, Wolf SL. Application of adapted tango as therapeutic intervention for patients with chronic stroke. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2012 Oct-Dec; 35(4): 206-17.
  5. Hackney ME, Earhart GM. Short duration, intensive tango dancing for Parkinson disease: an uncontrolled pilot study. Complement Ther Med. 2009 Aug;17(4):.203-7.