In 2005/06, a research study was undertaken by Laban and Hampshire Dance, commissioned by the Joint Investment Fund for the Arts in the SHIPS region.
The NRG Dance and Health Project investigated the impact of creative dance on specific areas of physical fitness and psychological well-being of 11-14 year old school children.
Findings from this study demonstrated that creative dance can have an overall positive impact on physiological and psychological well being, in both males and females.
Results found that:
• Creative dance increased lung capacity, flexibility and aerobic capacity in all participants, with a statistically significant change for females. All areas of psychological well-being that were assessed were also enhanced by creative dance.
Quin, E. Fraser, L. & Redding, E. (2006) NRG Youth Dance and Health Project 2005-06 Evaluation Report, commissioned by the the Joint Investment Fund for the Arts in the SHIPS region