Be Bold, Give Dancing a Whirl

Borehamwood, UK, 1st Sep 2015: Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly attend the Strictly Come Dancing – red carpet launch at BBC Elstree Centre.

The 2016 ‘Strictly’ season is reaching fever pitch and, whilst in the dancing mood, I recently read an interesting article which highlights the benefits older people experience when they get involved in dance activities. Given that by 2026 there will be over 10 million people aged over 65, I would like to suggest more people try the positive effects that can be gained from an afternoon Waltz, Tango or Jive.

Why you should participate in dance

For some, retirement can result in a feeling that you have lost your anchor. Without the solid sense of meaning and purpose that work brings to your life, there is less motivation to engage in a healthy lifestyle. Participating in dance can help to fill this void and is proven to be an effective way to improve your health, happiness, and overall longevity.

The Benefits of Dance

  • Taking to the dance floor can help you to get the most out of life at any age. It stimulates both your body and mind; this is critical to preventing the onset of age-related


  • For the golden generation, dance is a great way to improve your strength and flexibility. It is a fun activity that keeps your muscles working and joints in motion, this will help you to be healthier and mobile for longer.


  • Often older people experience loneliness, especially after By choosing to start a new hobby such as dance, you can meet new people and make friends with people who have similar interests, connecting you to the community.


  • Participating in dance can also help you to increase your self-esteem and confidence through the mastering of new skills, this will boost positive feelings and increase your happiness.

Don’t want to retire? Dance Can Improve Your Personal Prospects

  • For those experiencing stresses at work or in the home environment, taking time out in the day to partake in dance classes can help to reduce your stress level by releasing feel-good


  • For those who are interested in taking a new direction in their life and careers, learning dance skills can open the door to new work opportunities. If you’re enthusiastic enough, why not teach others?


  • By taking part in dance classes you can build the vital communications skills highly sought after in every profession. This can help you to find a new and fulfilling career, even in later life.

I would definitely recommend dance to clients, for its physical, social and emotional benefits. A positive activity for those of any age, I can help you to identify opportunities in your local area to join dance classes or participate in community dance projects. More than just exercise, a few hours of dance per week can be the perfect way to help you find your personal groove and enjoy life!

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