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Cool Facts - Hot Feet, Dancing to Health: a review of the evidence
This review brings together a range of research that provides the quantitative evidence of the health and wellbeing benefits of dance

Dance involves the body, emotion and mind: it is both a physical activity and a means of expression and communication. Dance and health programmes form part of a growing field of arts work which delivers health and wellbeing outcomes for people.

The range and value of such work has been recognised for some time and several key policy and advocacy publications have had a positive impact on how such work is developed and supported, through the qualitative material they present.

This review brings together a range of research that provides the quantitative evidence of the health and wellbeing benefits of dance.

Who is this review for?
The review is ideal for policy makers, programme managers and practitioners working in both public health and the dance wider arts sectors. The review is inclusive of age groups, dance styles, settings and medical conditions within the context of research into non-elite dance and dancers.

The review aims to:
  • provide a sense of the breadth of dance and health research across a range of population groups;
  • highlight key evidence findings; and to
  • help increase understanding of the particular and significant health impacts of dance.
And it can be used to?
  • support the case for dance in delivering health and wellbeing outcomes;
  • inform practice; and
  • encourage further robust research and evaluation.

You can access your copy of 'Dancing to health: a review of the evidence', you can download now in PDF format below.


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