Susan was recently interviewed for TWO podcasts about BB4B. Check out our Media/Press page to go to the links and listen, or bring them up on your favorite podcast source.

  • Balance Matters – Episode: “Ballroom Basics for Balance with Susan Frikken”
  • Second Act Fit Pros – Episode: “Susan Frikken: Ballroom Basics for Balance”

Erica Demarch‘s “Balance Matters: A neuro physical therapist’s journey to make ‘sense’ of balance.”

Erica is a physical therapist specializing in neurological issues, including balance. She is also the creator of the Balance Matters(R) system, an innovative device using tactile, auditory, and visual feedback intended to improve balance and gait!


Erin Eleurtario‘s “Second Act Fit Pros“.

Erin is a functional aging specialist, experienced in training older adults to improve balance, strength, and functional abilities. Second Act Fit Pros is her podcast and also a community, designed to bring together individuals pursuing a second-act career in health and fitness with those currently working in health and fitness.

Please enjoy hearing about BB4B, and please explore and follow their other podcasts!

Pilot Effectiveness Study of BB4B Underlines Satisfaction and Confidence

In 2021, dancers from one of our BB4B classes were invited to participate in a study with Dr. Kristen Pickett and her lab at the UW-Madison Kinesiology department examining the effectiveness of our class on many measures, including balance and self-reported confidence in various daily activities.

The results are in!  UW-Madison Doctor of Occupational Therapy students presented the findings at the recent American Occupational Therapy Association conference.

Using highly-regarded, valid, commonly-used tools, the researchers found improvement in occupational performance according to the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure, which identifies and measures the issues important to each person in their daily life.

Improvement was also seen in balance confidence using the Activities-specific Balance Confidence (ABC) scale screening tool.

While this is only a pilot study, it reflects what we have seen over our nine years offering these classes:  People regularly report an increase in confidence and enjoyment, and a decrease in fear. That’s HUGE!


Increasingly research shows that fear and low confidence in one’s abilities are the factors that can MOST predict a fall.

Strength, coordination, healthy vision, and overall good health DO MATTER. AND…if we can help ourselves feel more confident even while we are working to maximize our potential, our risk of falls can decrease!

So let’s keep dancing, playing pickleball or ping pong, doing tai chi, and all the movement that makes us happy! 

Foot and ankle characteristics associated with fear of falling and mobility in community-dwelling older people: a cross-sectional study

Pol F, Khajooei Z, Hosseini SM, Taheri A, Forghany S, Menz HB.


Several foot and ankle characteristics are associated with fear of falling and mobility in older people. Targeting these modifiable risk factors may play a role in reducing fear of falling and enhancing mobility performance in this population.

Click here to read the full article.