Whether young or old, short or tall, man or woman, dancing is for everyone. Dancing improves fitness, brings people together and encompasses all senses. The interaction with a dance partner leads to conflict resolution and working together. Musik becomes movement and a rhythmic understanding is developed. Dancing promotes self-confidence and relationships with others.
Regular social dance can help prevent certain illnesses to some degree, can cushion some of the effects of illness and can contribute to overall well-being. Dance, especially regular social dance, promotes and demands much more than other repetitive forms of sport. It improves fitness and prevents cardiovascular diseases. Dance demands muscular coordination and good posture. Visual imagination and spatial orientation are promoted so that movements with other people in the dance hall can be realized simultaneously. Dancing also has social benefits; it creates new contacts and can prevent loneliness in old age.
The Association for health-promoting Social Dance was founded in December 2018 by Ferry, Waltraud and Julia Polai. Originating in Tyrol, projects that point out the health effects of social dance and make them widely known will be launched in other Austrian states as well as abroad. The initiative “Dancing keeps you healthy” will not only demonstrate, through the cooperation of representatives from various sectors like politics, medicine, science and dance schools, that social dance is fun and enriches your life, but it will also emphasize its illness-preventing effects as well as the potential savings for the health care system.
KR Dipl.Vw. Ferenc Polai