In 2016 TAPfit Melbourne Instructor Lisa Koba worked closely with Professor Meg Morris from La Trobe University Melbourne in a trial exploring the correlation between tap dancing and improved motor performance, quality of life and well being in individuals of varying movement abilities. Professor Meg Morris has previously conducted studies on the benefits of Argentine Tango and Irish Set dancing in Venice Italy for Parkinson’s patients, the tap research findings are due to be released mid 2017.
“This is the first time we’ve looked at tap dancing and we’ve realised its potential. It is part of a much bigger picture, further cognitive dance studies may unearth intricacies in what way the brain controls movement and how disease suffers are unlocked by dance,” Professor Morris said.
“Tap dancing requires you to learn short routines, so you have to think about movement, sequence and have to do the steps in a certain order. It’s a really good way to exercise your brain at the same time as exercising your body.” Professor Morris said.
Lisa now holds customised sessions for aged care facilities, adult day centres, dementia cafes and other support groups in both TAP dancing and movement sessions. The classes are a low impact dance based movement dance session which assists to build bone density, works the heart muscle and is appropriate for 60 plus with any level of fitness. The sessions are a wonderful social activity that can help improve energy levels, reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, strengthening your heart while moving in a fun way. Dance is food for the body, mind and spirit.
“Based on previous research, regularly engaging in dancing lowered the seniors’ risk of dementia by a staggering 76%.” www.healthguidance.com
To talk to Lisa further about a customised session, please contact us.
"Very enjoyable dancing today, it brings back memories.” Ted, April, 2017
"Thank you, for making the day so very special." July 2017
"Lisa Koba has developed and led multiple dancing sessions at the Umbrella Dementia Cafe's.
As our cafés include all types of dementia diseases, Lisa’s unique skill and proficiency to adapt to all physical and cognitive abilities, has allowed our café group to feel connected through their shared love of music and dance.
Lisa’s selection of dance style and music is always appropriate, respectful and sensitive to our guest’s interests. This is especially important given of the wide age ranges within our group.
Lisa’s passion and enthusiasm inspires all our guests to not only participate and engage, but to also laugh whole-heartedly from the pure joy she brings to each and every one of her dance classes." Kirsty Porter, Founder, Umbrella Dementia Cafe's
Thanks for a wonderful workshop. The residents really loved it, and I also got a lot of positive feedback from staff. Veronica, Activities Coordinator, Mercy Place Aged Care