Dancing for life: An evaluation of a UK rural dance programme
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This study is an independent evaluation of a programme of dance activities provided in rural Lincolnshire in the UK over a 30-month period. Mixed methods were used including a questionnaire to elicit demographic data as well as attitudes about health and well-being; individual interviews and focus groups. A total of 34 new dance classes were established, 13 new leaders were trained and 1964 adults participated. The majority of participants were women over the age of 50 who were not in work. The evidence indicates that the participants developed strong personal, physical and social outcomes, especially a sense of improved well-being, new friendships and enjoyment. Community-based dance activities can be effective in promoting a sense of well-being in rural communities. This particular programme has been delivered over a wide geographic area and across socio-economic boundaries. There is evidence from this independent evaluation that the programme has been successful in meeting its aims. Copyright © 2014 © 2014 Institute of Health Promotion and Education.