1301 – Balance and Gait Training II: Creative Ideas with a Beat

Beginner / 3-hour Workshop


Faculty: Sue Grosse, MS



Learn a variety of ways to enhance balance and gait training through use of rhythm and music. Challenge motor planning, while improving muscle strength and control. Add dance components to therapy protocols. Don’t let balance and gait impairment keep a client from aerobic activity. Have fun while engaging in a social experience that will improve self-image and encourage increased mobility.



1) Investigate the value of rhythm and dance to improve balance and gait.

2) Compare and contrast components of rhythmic activity with goals of balance and gait training.

3) Investigate four different dance forms and their applications to balance and gait training.

4) Explore at least a dozen different balance and gait activities using rhythm and music.

5) Examine at least a dozen different balance and gait activities stemming from ballet.

6) Develop strategies for implementation of rhythmic balance and gait activities.

7) Outline a progression for transfer of balance and gait training skills from water to land social activities.


FACULTY:  Susan J. Grosse, MS, currently president of Aquatic Consulting & Education Resources, has over 40 years experience in aquatics as a teacher, as well as in a variety of leadership roles at the local, national, and international levels. She is past president of the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness and past chair of the Aquatic Council of AAHPERD. Her publications include work in adapted aquatics, lifeguarding, instructional swim, water exercise, posttraumatic stress disorder, crisis management, contagion, and program administration. She has been a speaker throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Ireland, and Egypt. She received the ATRI Tsumani Spirit Award in 2006.