Dance is a vibrant and exciting art form. It is also a joyous, fulfilling, healthy and creative social activity that can help improve social skills and life satisfaction in children and adults.
Dancing can help children and young people to explore boundaries; it can boost confidence, self esteem and leadership skills and can act as a vital alternative to competitive sports to keep young people active and healthy. Dance can also help young people engage better with their education and has a positive impact on improving literacy and memory, problem solving and working with others.
Being physically active through dance can reduce the risk of a range of diseases in adults, including type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and obesity. It can also reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and has a positive effect on the symptoms of Parkinson's.
For older people (65+) dancing can help maintain cognitive functions and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and falls. It also can provide a way to engage socially with others and thus reduce the risk of isolation in old age.
A recent study carried out by Scottish Government analysts has confirmed that cultural engagement is having a positive influence on health and life satisfaction. The report revealed that dance as a participatory activity has an especially positive impact compared to other art forms.
• Those who attended a cultural place or event in the previous 12 months were almost 60 per cent more likely to report good health compared to those who did not.
• Those who participated in a creative or cultural activity in the previous 12 months were 38 per cent more likely to report good health compared to those who did not.
• Those who visited a theatre were almost 25 per cent more likely to report good health than those who did not.
• Those who participated in dance were 62 per cent more likely to report good health than those who did not.
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