Dancing is just more than basic exercise, it can bring numerous health benefits throughout our lives, improving our physical, cognitive and emotional health.
Dance classes provide an effective and balanced workout and most muscles within the body are used. Quick, high energy steps, giving a full aerobic workout are complimented with slower, graceful moves, which tone the muscles.
Dance improves posture, stamina, agility and flexibility, strengthening the body’s core muscles.
The particular style of stamping steps in Flamenco and Tap or the jumping steps in Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet all improve bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
Healthier heart & lungs
Studies have shown that dancing can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Requiring focus, coordination and varying levels and intricacy of motor skills,dance also exercises the mind. These benefits can be utilised at any age and can be particularly beneficial in preventing or reducing certain problems in later life.
Improved balance and spatial awareness
Professor Tracey Howe, of Glasgow Caledonian University, published a research paper in 2011 which analysed numerous studies of the effect of different forms of exercise on the elderly, which found that compared to other forms of exercise such as cycling and walking, dancing has a greater impact on improving balance, therefore reducing the risk of falls.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a study in 2003 citing that dance, more than any other leisure activity, reduced the risk of dementia in elderly patients.
Students can find the emotional expression required in dance, an effective way to release tension and stress.
The social aspect of dance classes, can aid improvement with:
Links of further interest:
Gina Davidson, Associate Editor of The Evening News, interviews our Principal Director Tracy Hawkes in The Weekender feature article: “Give Dancing a Stamp of Approval.” Read full article on The Scotsman Online.
Arts Council England’s report Health Benefits for All
New England Journal of Medicine report Health Benefits to the elderly
Bupa’s report Health Benefits to the elderly
Scotsman’s interview with Professor Howe
Did you dance in your youth and would like to return to regular classes? Or maybe you’re looking for a new and enjoyable way for you and your children to keep fit? Our inspirational and highly skilled staff also teach on our Professional Course, ensuring exhilarating dance classes for every age and level, from beginner to advanced / professional. Browse our Class Timetables or give our hub of expertise a call on 0131 226 5533.