This year we are honoured to sponsor the 2019 Dance Festival, this is 27 shows, 255 performances, over 21 days. The Dance Festival is based in Dance Base, The Home of Dance and as a charity they embody our commitment to partnership working, they invest in the long term, developing and nurturing talent and putting the needs of the community first (https://www.dancebase.co.uk/festival-2019).
It doesn’t matter if you are a professional dancer or if you just like to move on the dance floor on Saturday night. It doesn’t matter if you like to tango, break dance or dad dance. Dancing, of any kind, combines physical exercise with the positive power of music and social engagement. Together, these yield major mental health and brain benefits. In fact, it has such beneficial effects on the brain that dancing is increasingly used as therapy for development disorders like Down’s syndrome, mood disorders such as depression, and neurological disorders as in the case of schizophrenia, Parkinson’s and dementia. It’s so good for your brain and your body.
The article, Science Says: Dancing Makes You Happy, explains it like this: “It may be an art form, but it’s also a great opportunity for socialisation. Since the very beginning, dance has been used as a social activity that connects us with others. You’ll make lasting bonds, with your partner or other dancers, and even with audience members. You don’t even have to speak out loud to create those connections with other people. Simply doing those steps in sync with other people can be a shared euphoric experience that you won’t soon forget. When you get social, you feel happy. Perhaps it’s the endorphins that are being produced when you interact with like-minded people – laughing, chatting, enjoying time together. But it also may be something even deeper.
Having the opportunity to partake in an emotional catharsis with everyone else in the room Is a unique experience that can help you bond with a complete stranger or deepen the connection to your loved one. As humans, we constantly seek out those meaningful connections with others. Dance provides a way for us to relate to others on both a physical and emotional level in a way that other situations may not.” Because dance is both a physical and emotional release, it’s ideal for people experiencing stress, depression, and anxiety. Studies show that dance, in particular, can decrease anxiety and boost mood more than other physical outlets.
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