We all know that we need to keep active and that exercise has many benefits not only for our body but also for our mind. When we exercise the hormone endorphin is released which trigger a positive feeling and reduce your perception of pain.
Have you ever danced at a party and felt unhappy doing it? No! Well, now you know why.
As well as the release of endorphins exercise and dance keeps the brain active which is why as we get older it is even more important to continue moving. Added to this the combination of music also releases endorphins.
A recent article written by a school governor for TES (Times Educational Supplement) discussed their recent PE Teacher interviews and how 1 interviewee started with dance. Within 5 minutes of them starting they had all of the students engaged and joining in with smiles on their faces.
Dance does so much! Not only does it teach you co-ordination, musicality, confidence, concentration but you also have all the equipment you need, your body! As well this, dance is also great tool for anyone who struggles to express themselves.
You may be thinking, yeah thats great kids should be dancing in school but I’m an adult! So yes, dance should be part of the school curriculum as someone who struggled with academia which when I studied my PGCE PCET it became apparent it was due to borderline dyslexia which had never been identified. Not everyone is meant to be a scientist or mathematician but if you look all around most things are created by Arts.
So as an adult, it has the same benefits. Keeps your brain active and your body will thank you as well. It’s a way of forgetting your stresses from the day job, everyday life and also a way of meeting new people.
Dance is a social thing! Look back in history and dance was always done in social situations. Dance is naturally in our bodies. I don’t know anyone who you put a piece of music and they don’t have some kind of response to it, either by an expression on their face, singing along or the simple tap of the foot.
If you look at the African community, they all instantly dance when the music comes on which is why Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) in Namibia, (the internship I undertook – see Namibia blog) use dance to educate their local community on social issues as they understand through the power of dance more than the spoken word.
Now this blog has covered a variety of topics but whats clear is that with the rise in obesity within young people and an ageing population, dance is a way of keeping active and healthy which will reduce the obesity rate and in the older generation there are reports that show it reduces the effects of Alzheimer/Dementia and even delay the onset of it.
So, go and dance!