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Five Ways Dance is Great for Your Health

In our twentieth year of dancing at Chapel Street, we know a thing or two about the benefits of dance for your health and well-being!

Kicking off a series of features for Mental Health Awareness week, and as part of Derby Dancing’s Celebration of Dance in Derby, here are a few reasons to get moving…

Have a dance and a laugh in our Social Dance classes!  Credit Richard Richards

  1.      Sashé the blues away…

“We know from experience that exercising in groups is good for people at many levels, it's motivational, it's social” Carole Seheult, British Psychological Society

Countless studies have shown dance can improve your mood including this 2015 research from Finland about the effects of dance as a treatment of depression. Exercise releases chemicals called endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the body, and a 2009 study showed that group exercise increases the amount of endorphins released- possibly due to the sense of synchronisation and communal belonging.  Our Commercial,  Contemporary and Ballet Classes  are suitable for all levels, so why not try one of these drop in sessions to see the benefits of learning routines in a group?  

Dance gives you a lift! Credit Ben Tansey, Circomedia.

2.  Move to help your memory

Psychology Today provide an amazing article on how the physical repetition of dance helps to maximize cognitive function and muscle memory.

“Reading, playing board games, playing musical instruments, and dancing were associated with a lower risk of dementia in our cohort.”

Regular dancing has been linked with a 76 percent reduction in dementia risk  according to a report by the New England Journal of Medicine!

Dance like noone's watching! Credit Greg Jackson

3.  Dancing is a Creative Outlet

Transcending age and verbal languages, dance is the most natural form of expression

"Mrs. Lynne, Gillian isn't sick ... she's a dancer. Take her to a dance school."

In 2006, Ken Robinson delivered the most watched TED Talk of all time about the benefits of nurturing creativity. He refers to an eight year old girl, Gillian Lynne whom in the 1930s was taken to the doctor’s for her lack of attention and disruptive behaviour. Recognising the child’s need to move and dance during the appointed, the doctor recommended that her mother send her to dance school. Gillian thrived in dance school and went onto become the Olivier Award winning choreographer of Cats and the Phantom of the Opera.

Dance can help improve your balance and coordination. Credit Richard Richards.

4. Ballet for Balance

Struggle with coordination? Dance might help!

“Ballet dancers seem to be able to train themselves not to get dizzy, so we wondered whether we could use the same principles to help our patients.”

Research from Imperial College London has shown how ballerinas have trained their bodies not to be dizzy when they spin.  Scientists have suggested that the cognitive functions required for dancing can help reduce falls in over 65s. Elderly people are recommended to dance on a regular basis to reduce their risk of falls.

Derby's best Salsa night: Salsa Pineapple at Déda.


5. Socialise with Salsa

Dancing is a great way to make new friends and reduce your feelings of isolation, which can in turn help boost your mood- even if you don't feel like going out according to studies by the University of Washington.

"I needn’t have worried because when I got there, all of the other people in the class made me feel so welcome."

Check out Déda Finance Assistant Lisa’s blog about how Salsa classes offer her the fun respite she needs in a busy work and family life. Interpersonal contact has been proven to help reduce loneliness, increase mood and lower blood pressure. Our social dance classes, Salsa Pineapple nights and afternoon Tea Dance are great opportunities to meet people and dance in a relaxed setting. 



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