Dance Aids Healthier Aging

To stay healthier in old age you may want to kick off your shoes and dance. A joint study from Queensland Ballet and QUT looked at students in 10 Ballet for Seniors classes over the course of three months. They found participants had higher energy levels, greater flexibility, improved posture and an enhanced sense of achievement compared to people in the same age group who did not dance. Partaking also left participants feeling happier and like they were part of a community. Performance psychologist and former professional ballet dancer Professor Gene Moyle adds, “The physical benefits of movement and dance on aging bodies is well documented and our project really re-enforces these findings, however additionally highlights the joy and benefits social connections in dance can bring to people’s live.