Dance brightens healthier ageing

Queensland Ballet and QUT have released the results of a joint project examining the health and wellbeing benefits of ballet for older Australians.


The three-month project, incorporating 10 Ballet for Seniors classes, found participants experienced higher energy levels, greater flexibility, improved posture, and an enhanced sense of achievement. They also felt happier and enjoyed a sense of community and friendship.


Due to its strong commitment to arts and health practice, Queensland Ballet initiated the Ballet Moves for Adult Creative Health in 2017, a multi-stage project to investigate, develop, and disseminate evidence-based practice findings related to the delivery of ballet to active older adults.

Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin leads a Ballet for Seniors class. Photo: Ali Cameron

Performance psychologist and former professional ballet dancer Professor Gene Moyle from QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty said movement, be it dance or other forms of exercise, was a critical factor in better ageing.


“The physical benefits of movement and dance on ageing bodies is well documented and our project really re-enforces these findings, however additionally highlights the joy and benefits social connections in dance can bring to people’s lives,” said Professor Moyle who is also a board member of Queensland Ballet.


“Some of the participants reported that they found the classes positively euphoric and transformational in the pleasure they felt at being part of such weekly social engagement.”


Queensland Ballet public dance class program includes Ballet for Seniors classes run weekly including a specialist Dance for Parkinson’s class specifically designed for people living with Parkinson’s Disease.


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14 April 2018