Dance for the improvement of balance and gait after stroke: A randomized controlled trial

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (KITE) - University Health Network, Mobility

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery

After stroke, it is common for people to have problems with balance and walking. Each of these can limit a person’s ability to engage in activities that are meaningful to them. Dancing is an engaging social activity that has been shown to improve balance and walking in people with Parkinson’s disease, similar to the benefits of traditional exercise. The objective of our project is to test whether dance can improve balance and walking for people with chronic stroke.

Your Impact

Your participation will help evaluate the effects of a dance program on balance and walking for individuals with chronic stroke.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

All Ages

> 6 months post stroke

Ability to follow 2-3 step instructions with minimal prompting from another person

Ability to stand for 30 seconds without any support

Ability to walk 10m without physical assistance from any device but with a person standing by if needed

Have received clearance from your physician to participate in exercise

Study Tasks

Forms of dance (e.g. salsa, ballet, free-form)
Seated Exercise
General stretching
Range of motion
Relaxation exercises


This study has been approved by the University Health Network Research Ethics Board (#18-5316)



Activity and Time

Health and Wellness

Clinical Trial


1 hour(s) - 3 hour(s) per session

26 session(s)

Participants will either be in a Dance Class or a Seated Exercise and Relaxation Class twice weekly for 12 weeks (24 visits), with each visit lasting 1 hour. Assessment visits will take place at the time of recruitment and completion of the study and will last ~3 hours (2 visits).


Travel reimbursement up to $15/visit.

Study Address

500 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 1V7

Posting date: Oct 24, 2019

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