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Whether it be at a disco, a party, a wedding, or in a dance class, many of us are familiar with the feeling of release that can come after spending some time on the dance floor.
Dancing as a form of physical fitness, can provide a fun way to improve your heart health, overall muscle strength, balance and coordination, and has been shown to reduce depression. Additionally, because dance is a creative activity, it can often be a great outlet for releasing bottled up emotions and stresses.
A study conducted at the University of Hertfordshire found that the happiness experienced while dancing is measurable even after dancing, with increased levels in happiness present as long as a week after the last dance.
Dance is also more than an opportunity to benefit from movement and music – it is a great social opportunity, which can allow us to connect better with other people and build relationships, which can in turn improve mood and mental health.
If you are looking for a fun way to improve your mental health, then you might consider trying dance as a form of therapy. While dancing should not replace seeking out help from a professional, it can be used as a tool to maintain or boost mental health.
If you are interested in trialling a dance class, contact Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org. One free trial class is available in all styles for new students.
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