dancers at the Aviv Dance studios annual show

It is common knowledge that dance benefits our physical health, however the effects that dance has on our mental health can be overlooked.

In honour of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, we are celebrating the huge positive impact that dance has on our mental health and well-being.

Dance is an instant mood booster

Dance is a fun activity and a time where we can let go of any worries that we are holding on to. When we dance, endorphins (also known as happy hormones) are released into our bodies. This lowers our stress levels and we feel calm, happy and optimistic.

Dance improves our self-esteem and confidence

Dance provides us with the opportunity to learn new moves and skills. Although this may not always be easy, learning something new gives us a sense of achievement and a great feeling about ourselves. Performing in front of others requires us to develop self-confidence, which can build and eventually help us in our daily life or career.

Dance allows us to easily express ourselves

Dance is one of the most open ways to express emotions and feelings that we might find hard to put into words. It allows us to explore and express ourselves fully through different movement styles without any judgement from others.

“Those who dance together, stay together”

Dance is a social activity which connects us with other people. It allows us to create strong relationships with other dancers, teachers and choreographers where we can laugh, chat and enjoy class experiences together. This has a great positive effect on our mental health as we become part of a group and feel comfortable sharing our thoughts and feelings openly.

It’s important to remember that you shouldn’t feel afraid to speak out. Opening up about how you are feeling is not a sign of weakness; it will provide a sense of relief and access to support if needed.

At Aviv, we strive to provide a safe and welcoming space for our students and adult members to keep physically and mentally healthy, and get inspired through dance… never forget that we are here for you!