Let’s Dance

Dance

Dance

Dance is a living art. It is an ephemeral mode of expression made up of sequences of bodily movements in space often accompanied by music. The movements are determined, intentionally paced and culturally shaped.

DANCE was the first activity we offered. At the beginning we only had dance as we realised that it can be a tool for communication between the refugees, the Greeks and the volunteers coming from all over the world.

Dance gives us a reason to smile again. It is a moment that allows us to connect with our loved ones. Dancing also helps us to forget our suffering, so there are a lot of benefits that dancing brings to the human body.

Type of Dances

 

Dance has been a part of human culture since the very earliest communities and civilisations, with recorded evidence of dancing being found dating back to 30,000 years ago.

Since then, different dances have changed, merged and evolved into what we know today as the most well-known dance genres.

Ballet

Ballet dance developed during the Italian Renaissance, before evolving in France and Russia into a concert dance meant for public performance. This is in the form of a ballet, in which the dance is choreographed with classical music.

Ballet productions vary between using elaborate costumes and staging and using minimal costuming and bare staging.

Ballet is now a widespread, highly technical form of dance with many subgenres including classic, romantic, neoclassical and contemporary.

Hip-Hop

Hip-hop dancing refers to a range of street dances that developed in relation to hip hop music and culture. Hip-hop dancing dates back to the early 1970s in New York and California, evolving out of Funk and the development of break beat.

Main styles of hip-hop dancing include Breaking, Locking and Popping, with derivative styles emerging out of these including Memphis Jookin’, Turfing, Jerkin’ and Krumping. These were often popularised and made mainstream after being featured in music videos of the time.

Modern Dance

Considered as being a broad genre of dance, modern dance primarily arose from western countries such as the USA and Germany during the late 1900s. While most forms of dance are structured and feature set steps, the purpose of modern dance is to rely on the dancer’s interpretation of the music and feeling to guide movements.

Modern dance was initially born out of dislike for the limitations of traditional dances such as ballet, which often oppressed dancers with rigid rules and techniques.

Ballroom or Rumba

Ballroom dance is a type of partner dance originating at the end of the sixteenth century in France. Commonly used as shorthand for any partner dance, ballroom has today evolved into two main subgenres – standard/smooth and Latin/rhythm.

Dances within these categories include the waltz, tango and foxtrot, and pasodoble, bolero and samba.

Ballroom is a popular form of competitive dance, or dancesport, with competitions being held all over the world.

We practice five different dance types:

African, Greek, Afghan, Italian and Modern dance.

Some of our videos

Here are the 7 benefits of dancing

 

Dance can improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of older people in several wonderful ways:

1. Strengthen the heart

Seniors who danced regularly were 46% less likely to die from heart disease than those who rarely or never danced , according to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

2. Improve strength, flexibility and agility

According to a study in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, dance is a versatile physical activity that allows seniors to significantly improve their aerobic capacity, lower body muscular endurance, balance, agility and gait .

3. Preserve vigilance

Dancing regularly can help maintain or improve cognition in healthy older people , according to a study published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement. Multisensory stimulation, social interactions and learning movement sequences promote healthy brain .

4. Prevent falls

Dance-based activities, such as folk dances, ballroom dances and tai chi, reduce falls by 31% and the risk of falls by 37% among seniors , according to a 2020 study conducted by the journal JAMA Network Open. Dance exercises aimed at improving balance allow people to react more quickly to avoid a fall when they lose control while walking .

5. Get rid of the blues

Aerobic dance, ballroom dance, social dance, tango, and dance and movement therapy have been shown to improve mood and reduce depression in both elderly people, according to a study from the Therapeutic Recreation Journal. in residence than those alone at home .

6. Create bonds and maintain a social life

Square dancing has found new life online during the pandemic: Clubs have started hosting virtual square dancing sessions on Zoom, where couples or solo dancers can chat and dance with other people *, says the ‘University of Calgary. Explore the different styles of dance lessons available online for seniors, from ballroom dancing and ballet, to salsa, line dancing and “jazz exercises”.

7. Relieve chronic pain

The dance-based treatment resulted in a significant reduction in pain in people with fibromyalgia *, according to a study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Seniors with arthritis had less knee and hip pain and could walk faster after taking regular 45-minute therapeutic dance classes *, according to Geriatric Nursing.