Miriam King offers Dance for PD classes in the Department of Dance at Ohio State University and other locations in Franklin County. The Dance with PD classes are supported by the Movement Disorders division of Ohio State University, as well as OSU Dance.

Faculty Members

Anne Kloos, PT, PhD, NCS                   Google Scholar Link

Deb Kegelmeyer, PT, DPT, MS, GCS     Google Scholar Link

Sandra Kostyk, MD, PhD                     Google Scholar Link

Dance Class for PD

Dance classes for individuals with Parkinson Disease and Parkinson like disorders offered in central Ohio

Columbus Dance for Parkinsons Website

Live Well with Parkinson's Community Classes

Parkinson's Exercise Classes

Additional Videos

Movement to Music for Parkinson's and Other Diseases

Dance Video

HD Exercise Program

Our HD Exercise Program video created by the researchers in the MEND Laboratory at The Ohio State University with support from OSU Huntington's Disease Center of Excellence and the OSUMC Service Board, please click the link below

HD Exercise Program Video

Parkinson's Exercise Video

Parkinson's Exercise Video

Quantitative Biomechanical Assessement of Trunk Control Presentation

Dr. Deb Kegelmeyer's presentation on Quantitative biomechanical assessment of trunk control in Huntington's disease reveals more impairment in static than dynamic tasks.

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Research Interest/Focus

The Mobility and Exercise in Neurodegenerative Disorders (MEND) lab is primarily focused on conducting research related to assessments and interventions to measure or improve balance, mobility, and fall risk in individuals with neurodegenerative disorders. Our lab, along with collaborators, has explored the use of innovative interventions such as video game based exercise and biofeedback delivered via application software on an iPod to improve or maintain balance and gait functions in neurodegenerative populations.

Recent Graduate Students

Nora Fritz, PhD, DPT, NCS - Completed the DPT/PhD program at Ohio State from 2007-2013 and conducted her doctoral dissertation entitled "Contribution of Motor and Cognitive Factors to Gait Variability and Fall Risk: From Clinical Assessment to Neural Connectivity" in the MEND lab. Nora is completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Kennedy Krieger Institute & Johns Hopkins University under the mentorship of Dr. Kathy Zackowski & Dr. Amy Bastian and is now on faculty at Wayne State University.


Room 236, Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Key Publications

Quinn L, Kegelmeyer D, Kloos A, Rao A, Busse M, Fritz N. Clinical recommendations to guide physical therapy practice for Huntington’s disease. Neurology. Jan 2020. pii: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000008887. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000008887.

Kloos A, Kegelmeyer D, Ambrogi K, Kline D, McCormack-Mager M, Schroeder, Kostyk S. “The STEP Test Evaluation of Performance on Stairs (STEPS): Validation and reliability in a neurological disorder”. PLoS ONE. 2019; 14(3): e0213698. .

Fritz NE, Kloos AD, Kegelmeyer DA, Kaur P, Nichols-Larsen DS. Supplementary motor area connectivity and dual-task walking variability in multiple sclerosis. J Neurol Sci. 2018; 396: 159-164. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2018.11.015.

Kloos AD, Kegelmeyer DA, Fritz NE, Daley AM, Young GS, Kostyk SK. Cognitive dysfunction contributes to mobility impairments in Huntington’s disease. J Huntingtons Dis. 2017; 6(4: 363-370.

Kegelmeyer DA, Kostyk SK, Fritz NE, Fiumedora MM, Chaudhari A, Palettas M, Young G, Kloos AD. Quantitative biomechanical assessment of trunk control in Huntington's disease reveals more impairment in static than dynamic tasks. Journal of the Neurological Sciences. 2017; 376:29-34

NE Fritz, DA Kegelmeyer, AD Kloos, S Linder, A Park, M Kataki, A Adeli, P Agrawal, D Scharre, SK Kostyk. Motor performance differentiates individuals with Lewy body dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Gait & Posture. 2016;50:1-7

DW Scharre, SI Chang, HN Nagaraja, A Park, A Adeli, P Agrawal, A Kloos, DA Kegelmeyer, S Linder, N Fritz, SK Kostyk, M Kataki. Paired Studies Comparing Clinical Profiles of Lewy Body Dementia with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 2016; 1-10

Kloos A, Fritz N, Kostyk S, Young G, Kegelmeyer D. Video game play (Dance Dance Revolution) as a potentialexercise therapy for Huntington's disease: a controlled clinical trial. Clin Rehabil. 2013: Vol. doi:,10.1177/0269215513487235.

Quinn,Lori; Khalil,Hanan; Dawes,Helen; Fritz,Nora,E; Kegelmeyer,Deb; Kloos,Anne,D; Gillard, Jonathan,W; Busse,Monica, Reliability and Minimal Detectable Change of Physical Performance Measures in Individuals with Pre- manifest and Manifest Huntington Disease. Physical Therapy  2013;  93: 942-956.

Fritz NE, Worstell AM, Kloos AD, Siles AB, White SE, Kegelmeyer DA. Backward walking measures aresensitive to age-related changes in mobility and balance. Gait and Posture. 2012; Nov 1, pii: S0966-6362(12)00368-2. 

Kegelmeyer DA, Parthasarathy S, Kostyk SK, White SE, Kloos AD. Assistive devices alter gait patterns in Parkinson disease: advantages of the 4-wheeled walker. Gait and Posture.2012; Vol. j.gaitpost.2012, 10.027.  

Kloos AD, Kegelmeyer DA, White SE, Kostyk SK, The impact of different types of assistive devices on gait measures and safety in Huntington's disease. PloS ONE. 2012; Vol. 7, no. 2: e30903.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030903.

Kloos A, Kegelmeyer D, Young G, Kostyk S. Fall risk assessment using the Tinetti Mobility Test in individualswith Huntington’s Disease. Movement Disorders.2010;  25:  2838-2844.  

Kegelmeyer DA, Kloos AD, Thomas KM, Kostyk SK. Reliability and validity of the Tinetti Mobility Test for individuals with Parkinson disease. Physical Therapy. 2007 Oct;87:1369-1378.