What Professional Organisations And The Health Services Are Saying…

Benefits of Dance for the Community

In urban and rural communities dancing schools play an important and often unrecognised role with significant commercial and cultural benefits? Schools of dancing, colleges and studios all play their part in creating local employment. They are able to provide many social and cultural improvements in the community and surrounding areas for children, teenagers and adults. They expand social and cultural interaction and an overall community feeling of well-being and togetherness.

The motivation imparted to its pupils by a competent school of dance provides the foundation for a level of self-discipline nowadays rarely found. This shows itself in a variety of socially beneficial ways.

Children are motivated to harness their abundant energies to worthwhile objectives and few problems are found in keeping them “off the streets” with all the implications of the exposure to the street culture. Pupils will be encouraged by the school to participate in communal activities, often supporting local charities by raising money, giving shows to disadvantaged groups and the like. Pupils of a school of dancing are never bored and escape the attractions of the undesirable allures, which the unstimulated mind imagines.

By providing a realistic ladder of progression through the various stages of dance, participants develop a healthy outlook on life and a healthy body to boot. The essentials of good stance and breathing encompassed by all forms of dancing provide life-long health benefits.

It is never too late to enjoy these and a dancing community is a healthy community. The social aspects of dance open the opportunity for friendship for those of all ages – not least the elderly. The fuller life has more meaning for all. The intellectual disciplines of learning the techniques and training the body to move as the mind dictates induces discipline in all one does.

It is universally recognized that dancing plays a major role in the health of the population. Dancing competes well with swimming as one of the two leaders in achieving awareness and self-enhancement – facts established by research conducted by the National Consumer Survey and supported by numerous research programmes into leisure activities.

This Association supports 8,000 qualified dance teachers in all fields of dance activities. Our administration services are second to none in providing resources, retraining and refresher seminars and workshops, as well as information services for its members and the public.

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