Using dance as a way to boost the fitness and health of all children, no matter their level of skill, is an approach advocated by world-famous ballerina Darcey Bussell, who has launched a not-for-profit initiative to support schools

We are all born as creative, inquisitive and curious individuals. As we grow, so do our inhibitions, which in turn restricts our willingness to be creative and inventive.

The creative arts, both performing and visual, help to keep these innate qualities alive. In a more complex society, we increasingly depend on the creative individual.

Dance not only enables a young person to retain these qualities, it also gets them moving and being physical.

The many attributes of dance include: musicality, communication, logical sequencing, memory expansion, appreciation of diversity, self-confidence, physical strengthening and aerobic fitness, co-ordination and spatial awareness, and social interaction. If it was a pill for wellbeing it would be a pharmaceutical blockbuster.

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