why dancing ?
Protective factor in preventing mental illness and reducing the severity of psychosomatic symptoms
In 2013, psychologists at the University of Örebro started to analyse the impact of dance on depression. According to the World Health Organization, unipolar depressive disorders were ranked as the third leading cause of the global burden of disease in 2004 and will move into the first place by 2030. Dance exercise is considered an active strategy to prevent and treat depression and anxiety in adults and school-aged youth. Participating in physical activity can also improve self-esteem. To increase physical activity in young age, an organized, non-competitive, leisure-time intervention is considered beneficial. In a social context, dance might serve as a protective factor in preventing mental illness and reducing the severity of psychosomatic symptoms. An 8-month dance intervention study showed cost-effectiveness and improvements in self-rated health for adolescent girls with internalizing problems. The improvement remained a year after the intervention.
Sources:https://www.oru.se/english/research/research-projects/rp/?rdb=p1238#tab-1 https://www.who.int/mental_health/management/depression/wfmh_paper_depression_wmhd_2012.pdf https://psychology-spot.com/dancing-makes-me-happy/?fbclid=IwAR3HAEWyIdLQyqHcYt2FnRe6EtjFb4g78IJSfppK3l5NFxlB97i6VBwu1YA
Dancing can reduce the onset of dementia
The World Health Organization expects the number of people who will be affected by neurological disorders to increase in the upcoming decades. Dance is seen as viable therapy because it simultaneously combines physical and cognitive stimulation, which could maximize its impact on neuroplasticity and cognition. Studies examined so far, show an effects of dance in elderly individuals with dementia, including subjects with Alzheimer’s disease.
In 2003, research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that dancing can reduce the onset of dementia. The 21-year study of senior citizens, aged 75 and older, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.