Physical Benefits of Dancing for Healthy Older Adults: A Review


The literature review found 18 studies of the impacts of dancing on older adult health. Analyses of these showed “Grade B” evidence that older adults can significantly improve their aerobic power, lower body muscle endurance, strength and flexibility, balance, and gait through dance. Other benefits are possible but require further research for rigorous documentation.

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Aging & Longevity

Aging & Longevity > Health: Physical

Aging & Longevity > Vitality & Wellness

Creative Aging

Creative Aging > Creative Aging Model

Creative Aging > Creative Expression


L. Ashley

S. Gillies

J. Keogh

A. Kilding

B. Pidgeon

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AUT University

Bond University

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