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Tango Therapy Practitioner for Parkinson’s disease patients and the Elderly ©


This course may be of particular interest to health care professionals, counselors, psychotherapists, teachers, artists, and, more generally, people working within the caring professions and/or those who have a personal or professional interest in the therapeutic value of dance and movement.
This professional certificate reflects a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare and is designed to meet a Tango Therapy Practitioners needs and continuing professional development.
The quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease, as the same for the Elderly, can be greatly influenced by the effectiveness of this course.
The course is validated by Tango Therapy UK and accredited by the International Association of Tango Therapy (IATT). It enables you to practice in the fields of palliative health and private practice.
You will also be able to work for the Tango Therapy UK.

After usefully completing the programme students will

 Be prepared to be responsive to the emotional, social, cognitive and physical needs of vulnerable people.
 Graduates will be eligible for professional registration with IATT.
 This course allows Tango Therapy Practitioners to become a Full Members of the IATT.
 Tango Therapy is growing locally and throughout the world and the programme has further stimulated this.
 Go on to undertake further research and /or join us in our teams
 Often create their own positions running Tango Therapy sessions. The International Association of Tango Therapy and/or their local branches will help you and support to develop your own career in organizations like Parkinson’s Disease Society, Mind, Age Concern, among others or private practice.

In addition to the taught programme, students will be required to attend actualizations and relevant external events in order to continue professional development


It is delivery through a variety of workshops, seminars and lectures.


There will be both summaries and formative assessments that include written and practical assignments.
Practice and supervision are integral parts of the assessment.

Course Length

The Tango Therapy Practitioner for Parkinson’s disease patients and the Elderly is offered as a part time course over 8 months.
The classes and workshops will be attended over weekends.

Location / Attendance:

London, England & Cardiff, Wales, UK
Milan, Italy (to be confirmed)

Entry requirements:

No formal entry requirements.
You will need a relevant undergraduate degree or a substantive portfolio of work at an appropriate level.
In order to receive your Tango Therapy Practitioner certificate you will be required to have approved a PoVA Course Level 2 (Protection of Vulnerable Adults – Social Care course)

The Modules, key areas of study:

All modules are designed to prepare students for becoming effective and ethical self-reflective practitioners

Tango Classes

 Walking
 Exercises about learning the basics of tango: the walk
 Walking technique
 Movement direction and space
 Changing leading / share leadership
 Exercises about balance technique
 Embrace
 Open embrace
 Structure of the embrace.
 Transfer movements with a partner
 Corporal communication
 Steps
 Basic
 Turns
 Forward ocho

Movement Therapy

 The importance of the improvisation and creativity
 Anatomy and physiology of the body and the use of warm up and cooling down.
 Communication exercises

Aims and Outcomes:

 To have a deep understanding of the gestalt music – movement – expression
 To stimulate the integration of the identity through music, dance and relationship
 To teach the student how to balance the organism through knowledge of the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous system and the specific exercises to use to stimulate and harmonise each
 To provide a solid foundation for teaching exercises and dances to encourage the authentic expression of ones Sensuality and Creativity
 To improve the knowledge of different categories of movement and of the authentic affective communication

The Objectives:

 Applying the most important elements of music, movement and expression within your sessions in order to reach the desired outcome of growth, development, expression of your group
 To develop the practitioners knowledge of the importance of expressing emotions and advanced skills in encouraging this expression through movement and gestures.
 To develop the practitioners knowledge of the five lines of human expression
 To promote the ethos of movement full of meaning, movements related and linked to life
 To present the Biodanza exercises and dances and ways of applying them in your sessions.


To give a clear knowledge of the genesis of movement and how it can be applied to people with Parkinson’s disease.
To give guidance to practitioners as to the best ways of leading sessions of Tango Therapy through the music of Tango, through movement, special exercises and elements of the Tango dance in order to deliver and teach in a healthy, life affirming way to these special people so that they have a chance at rehabilitation and also to understand that Tango Therapy is a palliative than a real cure and a pathway for a happy life.

 Synergic walking
 Physiological walking
 Walk of identity
 Walk of illumination
 Walking with determination
 Walking with another
 The Tango Walk
 As the leader
 As the follower
 Dance of Harmonic extension – to re-establish the modular function of the cerebral cortex, generally over stimulated by a style of life decompensate and disharmonized.
 Segmentary movements: neck, shoulders, chest and arms, waist, pelvis


 Depression and anxiety on Parkinson’s patients
 Compulsive Behaviour
 Hallucinations
 Depression in the elderly


 Common problems in Parkinson’s disease and the Elderly
 Communication
 Dementia
 The Keeping Moving Exercise Programme
 Falls and Parkinson’s
 Fatigue
 Freezing
 Low Blood Pressure
 Mild Memory Problems
 Motor Fluctuations
 Muscle Cramps and Dystonia
 Pain in Parkinson’s
 Restless Legs Syndrome
 Tremor
 Joint Muscles and bones

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