Over at the Tango Health group on Tango Connections, I posted the introduction to this project. I'm now beginning the interviews and surveys and would love to have my readers' feedback and input. In an effort to reach everyone I've been talking to through various venues, I'm posting the questions here and on Tango Connections.
These questions are for dancers, and teachers who teach dancers, that deal with chronic pain, injury recovery, and other chronic health issues.
Dancers: the goal of the survey/interview questions is to get an idea of how tango has affected your course of care, physical and emotional well-being. Also, how do you adjust your dance, practice time, milonga participation to maximize the benefits of dancing, while minimizing risk to your health.
Teachers: Have you adapted curriculum material, pace of class or methods to accommodate students with chronic health or pain concerns? How do you go about encouraging participation?
These questions are meant to be a guide - please feel free to contribute as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. Also, you can email your response to me at email@example.com if you'd prefer not to post it here.
First the basics/demographics
1.) Please let me know your tango roles: dancer? teacher? performer? dj?
2.) How long have you been dancing tango? Teaching?
3.) Have you, or do you, participate in other dance styles - if so, what styles? (Ballroom, Country/Western etc.)
Now for the questions:
4.) In terms of your physical health and ability, have you been advised by your doctor in any regard (whether encouraged or discouraged) to dancing tango? Do you feel your doctor understands what you gain from the experience?
5.) In what ways do you adjust your dance (either in choices of what music to dance to - to what steps or patterns you like more or less) to your injury or physical condition? How much has that changed over time?
6.) Do you instruct or know other tango dancers who are dancing while recovering from injury, dealing with chronic pain or other health conditions? If so, how do you adjust your teaching or your dance to accommodate their needs?
7.) Do the studios or other places where you dance or teach have community-outreach programs (for example youth or senior programs), charities they support, or any programs that deal with injury/pain/health condition recovery?
8.) In what ways does tango music affect you - whether mood, physical dance ability etc? Are there certain songs/composers/styles that you think might be easier for someone who deals with an injury or pain condition?
Those are the questions I've been working with so far - but please feel free to suggest or add anything. Thank you again for your help!
UPDATE: An additional question suggested by Panayiotis Pete Karabetis over at www.tango-blog.com :
What have you done to improve the function of your injury, since its onset, to facilitate your tango dancing?