According to Platon dance is the ideal way of education as it combines the cultivation of the soul through music and of the body through exercise, thus he recommended it not only to pregnant women, but also to children from their infant age (Mouratidis 2000).
In recent bibliography, dance is seen as a particularly interesting and effective form of physical activity(Judge 2003). When it has the form of regular aerobic exercise, it contributes significantly to the overall physical and mental health of adults (Fentem, 1992), findings that correspond to the wide admission of the significant psychological effects of exercise and the increased physical activity on the quality of people’s life (Theodorakis, 2010).
The Greek traditional dance seems to be particularly beneficial for the body and soul wellbeing, as it is found that it is a way of exercise, with its intensity placed at the set margins of an aerobic exercise routine (Pitsi, Smilios, Sokmakidis, Serbegis & Gulimaris, 2008). A number of researches show that the effects of the parameters of physical and mental health can be similar to those of exercise. In particular, it has been found that the intervention with Greek traditional dance, to people with breast cancer, has contributed to the improvement of their bodily function, the satisfaction from their life and the decrease of depression symptoms. In another research, intervention with Greek traditional dance resulted in the reduction of stress and of the mood of the participants (Papaioannou, Mavrovuniotis & Argiriadou, 2005).
The nature of Greek traditional dance as a natural physical activity and the opportunities it offers for social contacts, create an unbreakable relationship with the sense of quality of life. It is a way of practice which does not demand a lot of expenses and equipment and addresses all ages. People through dancing have fun, recreate, communicate and improve their physical and psychological health. Something like that – at least – show the findings of Bougiesi, Zisi, Grigoriou & Pollatou (2011) who examined how the factors of life quality differentiates between adults that dance regularly Greek traditional dance, exercise regularly or have a sedentary life. According to their results, dancers surpass non dancers, in factors having to do with physical health, activity and social function. For third ages people physical activity is very important and it is very beneficial in many areas of their health and ability. It is found – for example – that through aerobic exercise, an improvement of the health profile of elder people can occur (Hui, Chui & Woo 2008) in muscle tolerance, balance and functional ability (Jacobson, Smith. Fronterhouse, Kline & Boolani, 2012). The effects of exercise are all as significant as the psychic health of elderly people, as research findings indicate positive changes, not only to kinetic but also to cognitive functions of the elderly.
Positive would be even more, the effects of dance in perceptual function and the relaxation ability and concentration of the elders (Yan and Zhoo, 2009)
Dance, especially for elder people is a great way of physical activity, since it holds less risks of injuries than other types of exercise and that’s why it is considered to be effective for health after the age of 65. Researches show that dance provide elder participants with benefits similar to those of exercise, contributing to the improvement of their balance and to the avoidance of falls. (Federici, Bellagam-bam & Rocchi, 2005). Positive also seem to be the effects of dance to the understanding function (Shigematsu, 2002) and to the ability to relax and concentrate of elder people (Birkel, 1998).
Dance Is HEALTH, Dance is HAPPINESS, Dance is LIFE!
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