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Improving Fitness Through Dance

Published by Sophie Amstell
Youth Dance Strategy Manager
Hampshire Dance
Telephone 023 8065 2712

Improving Fitness Through Dance was a training course for dance practitioners and teachers, managed by Hampshire Dance and delivered by Loop Dance Company.

Improving Fitness Through Dance

Our delivery partners are...

Hampshire Dance joined up with Loop Dance Company to deliver the course.

We have funding and support from...

Youth Dance England and the Big Lottery Wellbeing Fund, chances4change

The project is located in...

The training took place at The Oxford Playhouse, Oxford.

The start and finish dates of the project are...

The training took place on Wednesday 13 May 2009

The people helped are...

Dance artists and practitioners based in the south east, and through them, young people across the region.

What they have said is...

'I hoped to gain an improved movement vocabulary from this course which I felt I achieved. The most useful part of the day was learning the set warm ups. This was an excellent course.' (Course Participant)

We set up the project because...

With the national drive to tackle obesity in young people, more and more dance practitioners are finding that they are asked to focus on health and fitness in their dance sessions but they do not necessarily have the skills to do this.

The difference this project makes is...

The course aimed to give practitioners the skills to improve the cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance of young people through creative and fun contemporary movement.  Practitioners were given the skills to make health and fitness a main focus within their dance sessions for young people.  

What we did or are doing

The course was delivered as a one-day workshop and attendees were given resources to take away after the session. The course used correct physiological language and introduced basic concepts of Plyometric Training.

We chose this method because...

Practitioners have told us that short, intensive training sessions are effective, especially if resources can be taken away from the session.

What's happened is...

All of the participants who completed an evaluation form told us that by attending the course they had developed their skill base.  

What we'd do differently...

We may run this course again in the future in a larger space and in more than one location so that a greater number of practitioners can benefit.


We are currently carrying out some follow-up evaluation to find out if the training has had a long-lasting impact on the practice of the attendees. Once this is complete we will compile a short evaluation report.

This project helped to deliver...

The project is now...

We are now planning further training opportunities for dance practitioners and teachers for spring 2010. 

Additional information or comments?


Hampshire Dance delivered this training as part of VitaliSE - a three year project, funded by chances4change, that aims to use dance to increase the physical activity levels of young people in the south east.  The other strands of VitaliSE include dance performance, a youth dance and health research project and a regional tour.

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Lead Organisation Hampshire Dance
Geographical Area Oxfordshire
Outcomes Improving health
Beneficiary Age Adults, Young People (16-25)
Beneficiary Groups Boys and men, Girls and women, Other professionals
Type of activity Dance, Fitness & exercise
Primary Theme Physical Activity
Secondary Themes  



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