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Dancing

Dancing is a form of moving rhythmically to music.

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History
The practice of dancing is as old as humans. Dancing has been used in religious rituals, cultural celebrations and as performances. Dance has played an important part in forging a collective identity among many cultural and ethnic groups.

Where
Dancing can take place anywhere but some areas are more acceptable than others. Professional dancers practice in studios and perform on stages. Street performers use busy corners to demonstrate their talents, and fitness instructors teach many the health benefits of dancing through classes like Zumba, aerobics and salsa classes. Then there are those who go out dancing at nightclubs or weddings and those who restrict dancing to the privacy of their homes.

How to play
Play a song and start dancing. Singing along is also allowed. More formal dance options are available at dance studios. Formal styles of dancing can include, but are not limited to Salsa, Disco, Highland, Jive, Swing, Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom, Break, and Tap dancing. For more information visit the National Ballet School or PHE Canada.

Suggested equipment
- Equipment depends on the form of dance.

Adaptations
Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.

Sensory

There are so many types of dance to choose from so it becomes a question of personal preference. Everyone can dance whether it is in pairs, seated, or alone. Dancing is fun for everyone. Since dance has to do with an expression of the self, it really is about moving as much as you can. For more information and to see incredible dance successes contact Propeller Dance.

Learning/Cognitive Disabilities

There are so many types of dance to choose from so it becomes a question of personal preference. Everyone can dance whether it is in pairs, seated, or alone. Dancing is fun for everyone. Since dance has to do with an expression of the self, it really is about moving as much as you can. For more information and to see incredible dance successes contact Propeller Dance.

Mobility Limitation

There are so many types of dance to choose from so it becomes a question of personal preference. Everyone can dance whether it is in pairs, seated, or alone. Dancing is fun for everyone. Since dance has to do with an expression of the self, it really is about moving as much as you can. For more information and to see incredible dance successes contact Propeller Dance.

Benefits of Dancing

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity you need at every age and stage of life. And, for the first time, the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth also include sleep. Following the guidelines will help reduce the risk of chronic disease, lead to a more focused mind, a stronger, fitter body, and all in all, a more enjoyable life.

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