How does dance help mental health?

Stress reduction by dance is possible by having fun, eating well and learning and applying new skills. Dancing encourages your focus on your own inner beauty, rather than the external, “perfect” body of a dancer.

Dance also improves memory: Your inner child will remember what works for you.

Dance is useful for people who are feeling anxious, depressed or in any other emotion that is “out of your control.”

Can dancing help you deal with anxiety?

Dance can help your relationship, but is not a substitute for therapy or medication.

It’s up to you whether or not you can go to dance lessons, but please do seek support as an alternative to medication or more traditional therapy approaches.

We do try our best to explain the benefits of dance to people with anxiety.
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Dance can be risky

Dancing is inherently risky. You must be aware of this, as you are entering into an uncharted territory if you choose such a risky activity.

Many people feel safe dancing, but it’s important to think about possible physical risks. Some of these include:

Able to avoid certain areas (lots of danger for people with back pain)

Eating before certain stages, so you don’t have to eat as full as other dancers do

Dealing with certain illnesses, such as anxiety, if you don’t have the medicine or support they do

Dance may provide another social outlet or way to relax and have fun. For example, it can help with stress for people dealing with depression. However, a dancer who works as a support dancer needs to be aware of the risks and should take appropriate precautions to make sure there are no injuries. If in doubt, please ask your doctor.

What types of dancing is safe for me?

The guidelines below are the most common types of dancing and how to dance safely for each.


Waltz dancing is the most common form of dancing. Waltzing involves the act of dancing with the feet together.

Waltzing can be done either standing or sitting. Standing is the most common form of standing dance. It is more likely to be dangerous and for this reason you should always be aware of where you are standing while learning dance steps.

If you have to do the step backwards or dance around things a lot you need to practise at home.

What are some common problems with Waltzing?