Line-Dancing and the Aging: Stress Reduction and Improved Physical and Mental Wellness brings together artists, scholars, and scientists to develop a patient-centered protocol for improving health through the benefits of line dancing.
The initial cohort of 40 dancers will be divided equally into experimental and control groups. The experimental groups will engage in weekly line dance classes, whereas the control groups will engage in a guided meditation class. Salivary cortisol levels will be measured before and after class and tracked over time to measure the effect of exercise on stress and wellness.
The pilot program will identify teaching methodologies, music styles, and line dances that resonate with the selected demographic. By catering the study to the interests and enjoyment of the initial cohort, the pilot program will develop a patient-centered protocol with strong patient appeal.
The study will be led by Professor Patrick Corbin, an internationally recognized dancer with experience studying the relationship between dance and autism, and Professor Alison Balbag of the USC Davis School of Gerontology. The initial pilot project will begin in October 2017 and end in December 2017. Partners include the Ahmanson Senior Center at the Expo Center in Los Angeles, which is located in the Figueroa Corridor, a low-income neighborhood of central Los Angeles. The target audience is under-served men and women between the ages of 55 and 75.