Dance has a unique and inherent connection to space and targets the environmental and cultural value systems that determine how you interact with your environment. Dance underlines the connectivity of physicality and setting.
For example, you can enlist the environment as a choreographic tool to draw attention to the beauty and uses of nature. This often allows you to become more aware of your surroundings and enjoy it for what it is, and also highlights how we all need a more sustainable approach in our culture to preserve nature—and ultimately ourselves.
Dance not only connects us to space but can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. It has a wide range of physical and mental health benefits and can be a way to stay fit. Here are a few health benefits:
- Increased strength and overall health – Your increased level of physical activity and exercise can help prevent illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease and reduce the risk of osteoporosis as your bones become stronger.
- Improved condition of your heart and lungs – Dancing is a great cardiovascular exercise. You will notice your strength and grace improving, and an increase in your stamina.
- Weight management – The consistent movement that dancing provides utilizes multiple muscle groups at the same time, helping to tone your entire body. Studies have shown that dancing can be just as effective as jogging or cycling in order to improve body composition and aerobic strength.
- Reduced Stress – When you’re dancing, your body is in the moment, focused on the music and your surroundings that it turn can reduce the amount of cortisol your brain produces (the hormone that is associated with stress), lowering your stress and tension levels.
- Improved Balance – In order to execute each move correctly, you will need to be able to maintain a strong center of gravity. As you learn each movement and begin to gain increased flexibility and strength, your posture, balance, and spatial awareness will naturally begin to improve, making each step easier for you to complete.
- Improved mental functioning – When you exercise, the levels of chemicals in your brain that encourage nerve cells to grow is increased. Dancing requires you to remember various steps and sequences so your brainpower is boosted which helps to improve your memory. Dancing incorporates several brain functions at once: kinesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional.