IMPROVE YOUR DANCE-LIFE BALANCE
The health benefits of dance are well documented. Scientific research shows that 75% of the factors affecting the quality of life and longevity are related to lifestyle, while only 25% are hereditary.
This means it’s crucial for your health to get more active whatever your age, and dance, in particular, can play a vital role in ensuring a longer and better quality of life. Research also often puts dance ahead of other physical activities in the variety of health benefits that it brings.
Join the fun, music & movement all while improving your overall health!
Why Silver SwansⓇ Classes Are Special
Meet our ambassador Angela Rippon as she explains why she loves to dance and was inspired to become a swan.
Silver SwansⓇ is a 55+ senior-based ballet dance project created by the Royal Academy of Dance out of the United Kingdom. Silver SwansⓇ has been around for quite a few years across the pond, however, those of us who have studied and instructed their English-based methodology for young children are now embracing the continuing professional development of the dance movement for an older generation.
How It All Began
The 2013 project focused on the qualitative evaluation of the experiences of both teachers and participants with extremely positive findings and enthusiasm for the work to continue. This project aimed to measure the potential impact of a community-based dance intervention on overall daily activity levels, balance and quality of life in older adults.
The second phase of our innovative Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing project developed the research findings from the 2013 Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing project undertaken by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), contributing to and enhancing research in relation to dance for older adults.
Dance can boost the physical, mental and emotional
well-being of seniors in many wonderful ways:
Strengthen your heart
Older adults who danced regularly had a 46% lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who rarely or never danced,* reported an American Journal of Preventive Medicine study.
Improve strength, flexibility and agility
Dancing is a multifaceted physical activity, which enables older adults to significantly improve their aerobic power, lower body muscle endurance, balance, agility, and gait,* according to a Journal of Aging and Physical Activity study.
Keep mentally sharp
Dancing regularly can help to maintain or improve cognition in healthy older adults,* reported a Journal of Cognitive Enhancement study. The multisensory stimulation, social interaction and learning of movement sequences bolsters brain health.
Dance-based activities, such as folk dancing, ballroom dancing and tai chi, reduced falls by 31% and the risk of falling by 37% for older adults,* reported a 2020 JAMA Network Open study. Balance training from dancing helps a person react faster to prevent a fall when losing control while walking.
Dance away the blues
Aerobic dance, ballroom dancing, social dancing, tango, and dance movement therapy were effective in improving mood and lowering depression for older adults living in retirement communities or alone in their own homes,* according to a Therapeutic Recreation Journal study.
Connect and engage socially
Square dancing found a new vitality online during the pandemic as clubs began organizing virtual square dances on Zoom, where couples or solo dancers can connect and dance with others,* says University of Calgary. Check out different styles of dance classes for seniors from ballroom and ballet to salsa, line dancing and Jazzercise.
Ease chronic pain
Dance-based treatment led to a significant reduction in pain for people suffering from fibromyalgia,* reported an Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine study. Older adults with arthritis had less knee and hip pain, and could walk faster after taking regular 45-minute dance therapy classes,* according to Geriatric Nursing.
Enriched creativity and beautiful music are just two attributes in dance class that feed the soul and mind.
Neurologists tell us that following and interpreting the melody, anticipating patterns and making sense of a piece of music gives the brain a good workout.
The arts provide great opportunities for experiencing a new sense of mastery, which can lead to an increased level of comfort in exploring new challenges.