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Dance has been widely recognised to improve both physical and mental health and overall wellbeing – particularly among young people. Dance increases cardiovascular activity and can help to reduce weight gain. It improves cognitive functions with movement creating a link between a problem or idea to an outcome or solution. Thus, it can progress classroom learning and provide a platform for creative & critical thinking.
Dance promotes sociability through working together and celebrating within the community; it can heighten resilience and boost positive mental health. It can develop the ability to communicate ideas effectively—both verbally and in movement.
Dance is also a key element of self-expression and allows a growing awareness of one’s physical self.
Whilst only 38% of girls are reported to achieve the recommended amount of physical daily exercise, dance has long been proven to be a great way of engaging young girls in physical activity.
Cheshire Dance delivers a wide range of opportunities for young people. It supports regular classes across the area, has a comprehensive dance in education service and hosts a multitude of performance opportunities and support for young people with physical disabilities, learning difficulties and gifted and talented young people.
Cheshire Dance champions dance among young people, continually striving to create opportunities for them to learn from, experience and engage with the art form.
Have a read of Unesco’s recent Reshaping Policies for Creativity 2022
Check out some of our work with Children and Young People
And our Dance and Education work here
"Creating opportunities for self-expression, creativity and resilience in young people through the art form."Dance and Young People
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. Cheshire Dance is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
The Hive, 49 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FN
Cheshire West and Chester Council is committed to celebrating diversity and promoting equality in everything it does, to improve the quality of life for everyone living, working and visiting Cheshire West and Chester.
Customer Service Centres, 1 The Arcade, Northwich
Down Syndrome Cheshire (Formerly Cheshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group) supports people with Down’s syndrome to live the life they choose by raising awareness of Down’s syndrome, providing support to people with Down’s syndrome and their families and providing best practice education and resources.
Venables Rd, Northwich CW9 5DY
Studying Dance at Chester involves: being led by expert and highly motivated professionals; working in a supportive and nurturing environment that encourages the development of each individual dancer. Cheshire Dance is proud to work in partnership with The University of Chester.
Kingsway, Chester CH2 2LB
Esdential provides co-created, progressive, quality creative and cultural experiences for schools, families and communities, enabling children and young people to communicate what they see, feel and think and develop new talents, confidence and aspiration.
Whitby Hall Lodge, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port CH65 6QY
Cheshire Dance is proud to be an Artsmark Partner, supporting educational settings to embed arts and creativity across the curriculum and working to enrich pupil’s cultural education.