Therapeutic effects of Irish set dancing in the treatment of Parkinsons

An Italian Doctor’s chance discovery of the therapeutic effects of Irish set dancing in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease will be the subject of an international Gathering event in Co. Clare next month.

Dr Daniel Volpe who is the Director of Neurological Rehabilitation at St. Raffaele Arcangelo Hospital in Venice will present his research work confirming the benefits of set dancing in the rehabilitative therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease.

As part of the 26th Annual International Traditional Music Festival in Feakle, the Italian neurologist will present his latest research on “The Therapeutic Effects of Irish Set Dancing in the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.” The Conference will feature a series of lectures, workshops, set dancing, sean-nós dancing and a Céilí.

Dr Volpe be accompanied by the set dancing fraternity from Venice and Italian musicians.
The event will tie in with the world renowned Feakle International Festival of Traditional Music in County Clare from August 5th-7th August 2013.

World renowned Irish traditional musicians Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill will provide the musical accompaniment for a demonstration of Irish Dancing with Parkinson’s disease patients from Italy and Ireland. Meanwhile, there will be a workshop of set dancing in Parkinson’s for set dancing tutors and people with the disease.

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