The Tango Effect

By Kate Swindlehurst

Parkinson’s and the healing power of dance

Thursday, 16 April 2020


So... the Easter Monday Bank Holiday came and went, sadly without the dancing. But I was joined by family and friends who helped celebrate the big birthday, complete with cakes and candles, various drinks, an assortment of pets (!), even a sung happy birthday. After some weeks of social isolation it felt good to see so many lovely faces and rather special to have many of those I hold most dear gathered together on the same page, as it were. Somehow the presence of old friends seemed to shrink the years, too. Suddenly having reached the 70s didn't seem so bad after all and the strange times we are living in make it seem likely that the celebrations will trickle on in various forms for some time to come. Plus, no washing up!

As for the book, it's out there on its own now, to sink or swim as best it can. The current crisis has naturally dominated the  media meaning that The Tango Effect hasn't had the attention it might otherwise have attracted. Still, the Daily Mail's spread was published in the Irish Daily Mail last week and I have recorded interviews for Cambridge 105's Bookmark programme and the Life Happens podcast.

I have also been heartened by positive responses from a wide range of readers. If you have enjoyed the book, perhaps you would consider sharing your views on Amazon? Just a couple of lines would help to spread the word!


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