Benefits of Dance in Parks and Recreation

So you think you can dance? Well… you’re right! Anyone can dance, and it’s good for you too. I would like to take the opportunity today to share with you the benefits of dancing, and to also introduce myself. My name is Alexis Smith, and I am the new summer 2019 intern for NCRPA. I am currently a student at NC State University in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management program. I also used to be an Irish dancer, which is why I will be talking to you all about how great dancing is for you and how it may be used in programming.

You don’t need to dance like a pro to reap the benefits. The multitude of health benefits include: increased strength, endurance, flexibility, increased heart health, decreased stress/anxiety, and it is an excellent way to make friends. Now, these are just a few of the many benefits, you may click the link at the end of the article to learn more.

There are so many different types of dance, and people of all ages can participate, this is why it is so easy to implement a dance class into your programming. There are more formal types of classes that may also include recitals, such as: ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop,

and Irish dance. There’s ballroom dancing, which is great for couples just trying to find an activity to do together. Or there are more informal ways to incorporate dance, such as zumba, father-daughter/mother-son dances, or a class with dance music for toddlers that just gets them up and moving. Dance is one of those activities that can be so much fun that you don’t even realize you are exercising. Dance is also an activity that can be adapted to fit an individual’s needs.

The type of dance class that you choose to participate in or implement at your facility, is all dependent on what you or you guests hope to get out of it. Are you looking for a class that is fun, teaches technical skills, and possibly includes performing in front of an audience? Or are you looking to just have fun, get in shape, and meet some new friends? Many of the benefits are similar between dance types, however it is up to you as to what you think you will enjoy the most. Afterall, isn’t having fun the most important part?

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