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Live Lively - Square Dance

ARTS-Dance an IRS 501(c)(3) Non-Profit/Charitable Foundation




Promotion Videos For
Recruiting And Retention Of Dancers

The Alliance for Round, Traditional, and Square Dance (ARTS-Dance) has created 60-second videos with information about the many benefits of dancing. Links to the videos produced for this project are intended to be posted and shared throughout the dancing community. As the videos become available links will be posted, shared and publicized.

In the first 90-second video Dr. Lee discusses one of the many benefits of Square Dancing. He points to the Emotional and Psychological benefits participants gain from the activity. He emphasizes that Square Dancing provides exercise and positive socialization which is equally, if not more, beneficial.

Dr. Lee notes that the experience of dancing brings happiness to the dancers. He also notes this is only ONE of the MANY benefits of this activity.

Doctors also note the following:

“It’s clear that square dancing is the perfect exercise. It combines all positive aspects of intense physical exercise with none of the negative elements.”

“Square dancing is a low-impact activity requiring constant movement and quick directional changes that help keep the body in shape.”

“Doctors say that Square dance movements raise heart rates like many good aerobic exercises should. All the quick changes of direction loosen and tone up the muscles — but not so severely as to cause injury. In Square Dancing, when you’re not moving, you’re clapping hands and tapping your feet, which all contribute to long-term fitness.”

While Square Dancing may look complex to non-dancers from the outside. New dancers learn one move at a time, practice that move then learn another, then another, and so on. After a series of lessons, new dancers blend in with experienced dancers

Links to the 90-second videos produced by the ARTS -

1) First Video - Click Here

Dr. Douglas Lee discusses the Emotional and Psychological benefits of Square Dancing

2) Second Video - Click Here

Dr. Douglas Lee notes that Square Dancing helps fight insulin resistance

3) Third Video - Click Here 

Dr. Douglas Lee notes that Square Dancing helps strengthen muscles and helps increase balance

4) Fourth Video - Click Here

Dr. Douglas Lee notes that Square Dancing helps improve the quality of life for people suffering from early dementia. Square Dancing involves physical activity and requires participants to make mental decisions, both of which help fight early dementia.

5) Fifth Video - Click Here

Dr Douglas Lee discusses the very valuable social aspects dancing, including many activities outside of the actual square dance. These activities include picnics, day trips, celebrations such as the 4th of July, and many other. This type “outside” gatherings helps build what has been named “social capital.”  

6) Sixth Video - (In production)


Dr. Douglas Lee and his wife are retired medical doctors affiliated with the Marshfield Hospital & Marshfield Clinic Health System. They have done research on square dancing including all of the studies that they cite in these videos. Much of their research was what brought them into square dancing and they continue to dance on a regular basis." p align="center" class="auto-style11"> For more information about The ARTS visit: www.ARTS-Dance.org

Other web sites which provide important information include:
1) www.You2CanDance.com - includes information about the various forms of dancing
2) www.ReimagingSquareDance.com - includes a wealth of information about the activity including where to dance