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Dancing for Health

Dance can reinvigorate body and mind no matter your ability level.

older couple in dance class

We’ve all heard about the benefits of exercise, so what is so special about dancing?

Dancing is more than exercise, it’s an art form that offers a chance to perform and be with other people. During pandemic lockdowns, virtual dance classes and dance parties helped people move a little more at home and feel connected during a stressful time. In 2020, some high school proms were even online, and organizations such as the Lincoln Center in New York City offered a variety of virtual classes in music, including Dance Workshop With Deb, a lesson geared toward children.

A recent article in Hemaware – a magazine for people who have bleeding disorders – touted the benefits of dance for those who are managing such health conditions. Just about everyone, including people who have bleeding disorders, can benefit from regular physical activity.

“Dance keeps you young! So many people unify when it comes to music and dance that it’s a very stimulating and fun activity,” Zumba instructor Gee Smith told Hemaware.

Hemaware also offered stay-safe advice for bleeding disorder patients, including getting a physical assessment beforehand, choosing the appropriate type and level of dance, selecting the right shoes and stretching.

Some kinds of dancing, like ballroom dancing and ballet, are low-risk for people who have hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, according to the National Hemophilia Foundation, which rates the safety of sports and other activities.

The National Hemophilia Foundation encourages physical fitness in a suite of exercise videos. Watch the episode on dance.