Why Dance?


Dance is a fantastic physical activity for young people, especially for those resistant to participating in competitive sports.

It can promote general well-being, physical fitness, emotional well-being and healthy attitudes to the body and lifestyle choices.

Physical benefits:

  • Healthier heart and lungs
  • Stronger muscles
  • Stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • Better co-ordination, agility and flexibility
  • Improved balance and enhanced spatial awareness
  • Increased physical confidence
  • Improved mental functioning
  • Increased energy expenditure can help counteract unwanted weight gain

Personal and social benefits:

  • Improved general and psychological well-being
  • Greater self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Increased trust
  • Better social skills
  • Reduced isolation and exclusion

Dance offers young people a wide range of physical, psychological, social and emotional benefits including: 

Artistic and aesthetic understanding:

  • Understanding of a core artistic discipline; access to a unique means of translating ideas, expressing meaning and communicating with others
  • Kinaesthetic, physical, spatial and visual awareness
  • Integrating the processes of performing, making, and observing
  • Making informed and critical judgements
  • Developing creative thought and action

Cultural awareness:

  • Appreciation of diversity in cultures, cultural values and traditions
  • Physical empathy and understanding of difference and well-being
  • Co-ordination, control, posture, strength, stamina, flexibility and mobility
  • Physical confidence, enjoyment in moving
  • Developing a responsible attitude to health and well-being


  • Learning through spatial, kinaesthetic, and visual modes
  • Enhanced memory through physical patterning and repetition
  • Observation, analysis and developing strategies to improve performance
  • Exploring and experimenting
  • Attention, focus and bringing whole self to the moment
  • Enjoyment, motivation, inspiration, aspiration and achievement


  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Communication and negotiation skills; experience in giving and taking feedback
  • Skills in working with others to achieve goals
  • Problem-solving
  • Leadership skills
  • Flexibility and experience of working in different ways
  • Ability to respond creatively to challenges and generate innovative ideas