Centre for Applied NeuroDance Research

CSC CHIGAMIK CHC is pleased to announce a new eurodance research centre located at CSC CHIGAMIK CHC – The Centre for Applied NeuroDance Research (CANDR). The first of it’s kind in Canada, the research centre is a collaboration between researchers from York University, staff at CHIGAMIK, and the on-site dance and movement therapist located at CHIGAMIK. The first research study will be investigating the ways in which dance therapy can benefit people with chronic pain.  The study will look at changes in neural activity, perception of pain, and overall health and wellbeing. Using non-invasive techniques, researchers will determine what, if any, changes occur over an eight-week period. Participants will be split into two programs:

  • Psycho-educational – Participants receive verbal training in methods to help them better understand and deal with pain-related conditions
  • Dance-based – Participants use expressive movement to refine their mind and body awareness and foster group cohesion and non-verbal support. 

The study will provide important information for health care providers, policy makers, patients and other researchers as we attempt to find better ways to treat and manage chronic pain.  If you would like more information or are interested in being involved in the Dance Therapy Research project, please contact Rebecca Barnstaple at 705-543-9670 for further information. There are no risks to participants.