Two left feet week: dance yourself happy

brunette woman an young girl holding ands and dancing at yard

“Dance: even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.”

Baz Luhrmann, Sunscreen

It seems there is an awareness day for just about everything in the world. As well as the biggies like World Aids Day and Mental Health Awareness month, there’s potato day, talk-like-a-pirate day and – of course – national theme-day appreciation day.

It can all feel a bit silly, but my ears pricked up when I heard about Two Left Feet Week, which is this week, 19th-25th July. There’s something joyous about the idea of a week dedicated not just to dancing, but to celebrating dancing done badly.

There’s an intrinsic relationship between dancing and mental wellbeing. We all understand the idea of dancing for joy. But just the act of dancing can make you feel better.

It’s not just about physical exercise. The act of moving to music can help to express difficult emotions and help us to connect with other people. One Department of Health evidence review found benefits ranging from elevated mood in older people to better family relationships and more positive body image in teenage girls.

And the best news: it doesn’t seem to make any difference how good you are at it. Jumping about your living room to Queen records can be just as effective as perfecting the tango. Even if your mobility isn’t great, dancing while sitting down can offer benefits.

So, what are you waiting for? Get moving.


2 Responses to Two left feet week: dance yourself happy

  1. Pru Davies July 21, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    Dancing in the Street a great song done by Jagger and Bowie a couple of decades ago, one of my favourites. Then along came Maroon 5 with Moves like Jagger. As the man himself approaches his 72nd birthday on 26th July let’s all get up and dance. Get into the Groove ya’all.
    My dancing days may be numbered but I do a mean number using my stick for support !

    • Rosie July 27, 2015 at 10:45 am #

      There’s a song for every occasion, isn’t there Pru? And I’m glad to hear you still enjoy a boogie. I bet you could show people how it’s done.

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