Growth and Benefits

Dance as a Recreational Activity for Young People 

By Dr Linda Ashley


Recreational dance can differ in its cultural setting or its inclusion of competitive or examinable elements. However some benefits for young dancers could be common across the sector. This article focuses on the importance and potential benefits of dance as a recreational activity for young people.

Advocacy for funding such ventures could be improved if evidence form more robust research could be provided. In 2008 SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand) collected data via surveys, activity diaries and interviews form 4,443 participants and found dance to be the 5th most popular recreational activity for 16-24 years age group. SPARC's 2011 Young People's Survey (under their new name of Sport New Zealand, SNZ) identified low rates of participants in 'sport' during teenage years particularly for girls. It also identified dance as the second most likely activity in which girls aged 11-18 years participated. Such research findings validate dance as a recreational activity for young people that warrants increased provision. 

Read the full article (Iss. 36) Benefits of Dance


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