The muscle’s ability to convert chemical energy from food into muscular work is directly related to performance in dance and sport alike. Moreover, similar to other sports, dance performance depends on a large number of technical, medical, psychological, nutritional, economic, environmental, and physiological elements. The last three decades have witnessed an unprecedented exercise and fitness- “ boom ”, reflected in the large number of people engaged in some forms of physical activity. Never before has so much capital and effort been invested in an attempt to improve physical fitness.
Physical fitness may be defined as the individual's ability to meet the demands of a specific physical task and primarily consists of aspects related to muscle and its function.
Dance is regarded as not only an art form with technical and expressive aspects but also a sports form due to its high physiological capacity.
For dancers, the whole body (physical and psychological) is their instrument, their means of artistic expression. Dance calls upon all aspects of fitness. Good fitness is key to reducing the risk of injury, enhancing performance, and ensuring longer dancing careers. A healthy dancer is one who is in a state of being ‘well’ in both body and mind. A physically fit dancer is one who has the ability to meet the demands of a specific physical task at an optimal level. The goal of improving dancers’ fitness is to minimize the difference between the dancer’s individual maximal abilities and their performance requirements so that they can become the best dancer possible.
Other studies show that dance helps reduce stress, increases levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin, and helps develop new neural connections, especially in regions involved in executive function, long-term memory, and spatial recognition.
Today, dance is increasingly used as therapy for cognitive and neurological disorders such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Surprisingly, the effects of dance training on the healthy young brain are not well understood despite the necessity of such information for planning successful clinical interventions.
For more information sessions and interactions get on board on our ELOP workshop on - Fountain of Youth - Dancing! Live to your Home on Nov 21, 2020.
The aim of this workshop is to provide a comprehensive description of the effects of versatile, expert-level dance training on the structure and function of the healthy human brain, and on broadly defined cognition.
Compiled by the Edutourism USA team.