Dance has increased in popularity as a leisure activity during the past decade. It has now moved beyond the preserve of the young and fit and is gaining recognition as a way for everyone to gain and maintain physical health including losing weight, maintaining strong bones and improving posture and balance. In addition there is growing agreement that it offers a sense of wellbeing, through endorphin release, increased confidence and socialisation. According to the n's website more than 4.8 million people regularly attend community dance groups each year in England. Many more adults however would like to attend dance classes but do not for many reasons, including confusion about different styles and fear of looking foolish.
About the Author
Keyna Paul has worked in dance for over 25 years as a performer, choreographer and teacher. She has always been passionate about using as many routes as possible to get people dancing. To this end she produced 'THE NON-SPECIALIST SURVIVAL PACK' for primary school teachers which sold successfully internationally, led a dance organisation developing a skilled workforce of teachers in Lincolnshire and led on the Lincolnshire Dance4 Life programme working with Nottingham University to undertake a piece of research which clearly demonstrated the health and wellbeing benefits of dance.