Youth Dance & Health film
Hampshire Dance and Youth Dance England produced this short film which was released in March 2011 to promote the health benefits of dance and creative movement for young people.
The film was narrated and presented by Camilla Dallerup, star of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Camilla said: “Dancing is a fantastic way to get physically active, to stay fit and, most importantly, to have fun. This film illustrates these benefits in projects that take place all over the country, and I’m very pleased to be able to be involved.”
Each project featured in the film illustrates the power of dance to build confidence, creativity and positive thinking, as well as physical fitness. Featured examples from around the country include DAZL in Leeds, DanceXchange in Birmingham, the NRG projects from Hampshire Dance and Trinity Laban and the Dance South West/Department of Health partnership.
Shortly after the release of the film, Camilla was featured in an interview with The Stage:
“As this film demonstrates, there are some organisations out there doing fantastic work to get
young people healthy through dance. But I fear that the excellent work they have started will be
threatened by the government funding cuts. This film makes a compelling case for continued
funding of youth dance and health.”
With both the arts and health sectors awaiting the impact of government funding cuts, this short documentary will be used as a tool to call for continued use of dance and creative movement within a wider health setting.
NRG and NRG2 - Youth Dance & Health Research
Over recent years Hampshire Dance has carried out two research projects to assess the health benefits of dance for young people.
The first NRG project took place in 2005 with funding from the Joint Investment Fund for the Arts in the SHIPS region (Southampton, Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.)
We worked with the Dance Science Department at Trinity Laban to scientifically investigate the impact of creative dance over a 10 week period on the physiological and psychological health and fitness characteristics of school children aged 11-14 years old.
The research demonstrated that physical fitness increased significantly amongst the females and positive adaptations were also evident in males and females with regards to psychological wellbeing, although these were not statistically significant.
A project of this kind had never before been undertaken in the UK and proved to be highly successful in providing robust evidence for the health benefits of dance for young people.
With young peoples’ health still very much a national concern, Hampshire Dance, in partnership with West Sussex County Council and Trinity Laban, carried out a further research study in 2009.
The NRG2 project looked at the impact of creative dance on the health and wellbeing of young people and whether there is any difference for boys and girls. The project engaged with over 150 young people in Year 7/8 across three schools along the West Sussex coast.
The research findings were published in October 2010 and show that creative dance can provide physical and psychological benefits for young girls that are equal to, and at times better than, the benefits of PE.
The findings are of particular importance as girls in this age group are less physically active than boys. Therefore if dance is made available to young girls, it may reverse the negative trend of inactivity.
Download the NRG2 Youth Dance & Health report. (PDF 821kb)
NRG2 was funded by Big Lottery Fund (through the chances4change programme), West Sussex County Council, West Sussex Primary Care Trust, West Sussex Arts Partnership and Youth Dance England.