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Posted on March 9, 2011


An online film featuring “Strictly Come Dancing” star Camilla Dallerup has been launched to promote the health benefits of dance for young people and rally support nationwide for future projects.

The film highlights the positive effects that dance and creative movement have for physical and mental health. 

Camilla, the film’s presenter and a champion of youth dance and health, says: “Dancing is a fantastic way to get physically active, to stay fit and, most importantly, to have fun. This film illustrates these benefits in projects that take place all over the country, and I’m very pleased to be able to be involved.” 

The film, Youth Dance and Health, has been made by Hampshire Dance and Youth Dance England and showcases nationwide dance projects based on participation, research, partnerships and the need for support in the field. Projects in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Kent all feature and demonstrate the outcomes dance has had in different areas of improving young people’s health. 

With both the arts and health sectors awaiting the impact of government funding cuts, this short documentary will be used as a tool to call for continued use of dance and creative movement within a wider health setting. 

Each project featured in the film illustrates the power of dance to build confidence, creativity and positive thinking, as well as physical fitness as, Camilla highlighted in an interview with The Stage: “As this film demonstrates, there are some organisations out there doing fantastic work to get young people healthy through dance. But I fear that the excellent work they have started will be threatened by the government funding cuts. This film makes a compelling case for continued funding of youth dance and health.” 

The 12-minute film entitled Youth Dance and Health is available to watch online at: or can be downloaded for iPhone for free from Apple’s iTunes Store. Download from iTunes:

Photograph: Camilla Dallerup



Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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