Health Benefits

It is widely proven that dancing is a powerful activity to stay fit and happy for of all ages, shapes and sizes.

 

On top of helping your body to stay well trained and in shape, the mental and emotional benefits of movement are plentiful. The same endorphins that make you feel better when moving also help you concentrate and sleep better, have more energy, and can help you become more resilient when faced with the mental or emotional challenges of life.

"Moving regularly is an investment in your mind and body, dancing is an investment in your soul".

  • Increased physical confidence.

  • Improved mental functioning:

    • According to a medical research by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, dancing decreases the risk of senile dementia with a higher effect than any other physical activity, including solving crossword puzzles.

  • Improved concentration.

  • Improved general, emotional and psychological. well-being after 10 weeks dance cycle.

  • Greater self-confidence and self-esteem.

  • Better social skills.

  • Improved sleep patterns.

  • Increased resilience when faced with the mental or emotional challenges of life.

MENTAL

BENEFITS

Physical

benefits

  • Increasing muscular tone, strength, endurance and motor fitness

  • Improving the condition of your heart, lungs, and nervous system

  • Weight management

  • Stronger bones, including a significant reduction of risk of osteoporosis even for those who already suffer it*

  • Better coordination, agility and flexibility

  • Improving balance and spatial awareness

  • Increasing overall range of motion

  • Improving posture, which can, in turn, reduce mechanical back pain.

"Following technique dance drills can bring you to a meditative flow state or Moving Meditation".

  • Learning how to express yourself through dancing can be an effective key to unlocking profound levels of healing within our nervous system*.

  • Feelings and life experiences get embedded in our nervous system, muscles and organs through what is known as the psychosomatic process. Thus, negative experiences, stress and pass traumas can bring a heavy toll to our sympathetic nervous system, which can reshape our mind, body shape and posture.

Mind-

Body

Benefits

  • Mind and Body –Motion and Emotion– are interconnected. A change in one will have an immediate impact in the other.

  • The way we move expresses most aspects of our personality.

  • More than 70% of what we say about us is communicated through non-verbal means.

  • Movements can be symbolic and represent unconscious material/processes.

  • Movement training/experimentation can create new ways of being.

  • Choosing what you train is a key factor in developing beneficial personal traits.

  • Learning any dance discipline can play an integral role in building an empowering connection between you daily actions and words.

  • Freedom of expression is the gate of connecting with the people who will truly value what we have to say.

sources

  • Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.

  • Lovatt, Peter (2013) Dance Psychology: The Power of Dance across Behaviour & Thinking.

  • Sabine C.Koch, Roxana F. F. Riege, Katharina Tisborn, Jaceylyn Biondo, Lily Martin, Andreas Beelmann (2019) Effects of Dance Movement Therapy and Dance on Health-Related Psychological Outcomes. A Meta-Analysis Update.

  • Koutedakis, Yiannis; Stavropoulos-Kalinoglou, Antonis; Metsios, Giorgos (2015) The Significance of Muscular Strength in Dance.

  • Williams & Wilkins, (1997); Ebeling, Peter, Daly, Robin, Kerr, Deborah, & Kimlin, Michael (2013) Building Healthy Bones Throughout Life: an evidence-informed strategy to prevent osteoporosis.

  • Anna Duberg, Göran Jutengren, Lars Hagberg, Margareta Möller (2004) The effects of a dance intervention on somatic symptoms and emotional distress in adolescent girls.