Why is Dancing good for you?

Niio Dance - conscious dance for your mind body and soul

Niio Dance is for anyone who wants to turnaround their health and design an inspired life. A conscious somatic dance practice which can range from being wild, tribal and elemental to gentle, soulful and poetic. Aside from physical benefits such as relieving pain, strengthening the immune system, promoting cell renewal, anti aging and improving mental health, it may transform you on a more radical level. Gain the tools to support and access your internal GPS. Niio dance is for mind body and soul. 

You may benefit if: 

You suffer from stress or anxiety and struggle with the idea of sitting meditation or mindfulness  

You love to dance and would like to go deeper into your dance exploration and understand more about your body mind connection
You love music and would love to be able to express yourself more and feel more confident with dance
You want to feel more connected, have a better relationship to yourself and your body, be more in tune with yourself and your surroundings    
You want to find your creativity; be more creative and expressive    

The Power of Presence

When we are dancing and in our ‘flow’, it gives us the power of presence, where we can release the source of our fears, worries and anxiety. Our brain waves slow down from beta to alpha state, which means our busy, thinking ‘monkey’ mind slows down to become more lucid and reflective.

Recent research has highlighted how alpha brain wave activity can reduce depression and increase creativeness [1] as we feel more calm, peaceful and grounded. Instead of being locked in thoughts of the past and future, we are fully in the moment, with our senses heightened to the beauty and vividness of our surroundings; we feel vital and alive, fully ‘plugged’ into the universal life force, in what could be considered a ‘whole body mindfulness’.

How Dance can relieve Stress and Anxiety

There have been notable studies in the last decade that document the significant health benefits of dance [2]    Neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh documented in 2016 that areas in our brain involved with axial (head and the trunk) body movement and posture influence our stress hormones.    

This in part explains why practices that involve alignment, coordination and flexibility such as yoga, tai chi and dancing are so beneficial to relieve our stress and anxiety.[3]


Niio Dance Courses are designed to..

BBC 'Dancing to Happiness'

In December 2018, former ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell presented a BBC documentary ‘Dancing to Happiness’ which investigated why dance, more than any other exercise improves mood and behaviour.

In the programme Kevin Edward Turner, Co- Artistic director of Company Chameleon leads a series of workshops with young people from mental health charity 42nd Street and comments:

'It shows the transformative power of dance and how it is a positive force for everyone involved – physically, emotionally, socially and psychologically. It’s engaging viewing as you get to see the shift and transition that the young people make. As their ability to engage with their feelings and express them through dance increases, so does their confidence and self-belief, and this is so inspiring to see.'

BBC 'How to stay Young'

In the 2016 BBC series ‘How to Stay Young’ former newsreader Angela Rippon and Dr Chris van Tulleken investigated how our lifestyles impact on our health and longevity. In the series their findings revealed that genetics accounts for 25% of the way we age, and 75% is from how we live, or epigenetics. 

In the first episode Ms Rippon also travelled to Germany to follow a study that reveals dancing is superior to conventional gym exercise for staying healthy and happy into old age.  Further studies into the benefits of music and movement have been made at the University of Orebro, Derby, Deakin University and University of New York.

The Royal Academy of Dance has championed a pioneering Dance For Lifelong Wellbeing programme, tailoring ballet classes to older adults since 2012, which has been a great success with many participants reporting improved health, body confidence and sharper brain.


1 eg 2015 study, “Functional Role of Frontal Alpha Oscillations in Creativity,” Cortex, University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0010945215001033    

2 Researchers at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland document this neurogenesis from aerobic and high-intensity exercise in a report in the Journal of Physiology in 2016: Jhttps://physoc.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1113/JP271552

See Dance for Parkinson's Disease and the Lebed Method: https://www.dancemagazine.com/doctors-in-the-u-k-will-soon-be-able-to-prescribe-dance-classes- 2621891850.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

3 http://thescienceexplorer.com/brain-and-body/mind-body-connection-new-evidence-how-mentalstates-alter-organ-function

NB Please note Niio Dance is not a substitute for conditions where it may be more suitable to seek specific Therapy. see more