Dance your troubles away

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 December, 2009, 12:00am

Dancing is far more than just exercise. It involves not only physical movement but also the expression of feelings.

Secondary school students often feel stressed due to academic pressure, and friction with family and friends. Dancing is a good way to get this stress out of our system.

For example, you can express your anger using the powerful and aggressive movements of krumping. You can lift yourself out of a dark mood with the soft and sentimental movements of jazz.

You can also express your style and personality through dance. If you're a comic, you may enjoy locking and its funky movements to upbeat music. If you're emotional, ballet may suit you, as there are so many ways to express how you're feeling. Dance is inspiring.

If you want to show your true colours, rock your body.

Lillian Lai, Tak Nga Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Lillian. Exercise is very important - it makes our heart stronger and healthier, which means it pumps blood more effectively and keeps us fitter.

Exercise also helps the body to produce endorphins. These chemicals make us feel happy and safe, and therefore less stressed.

But as you say, dance offers even more than these great benefits. It is a form of art, so it challenges us mentally as well as physically. Before written language existed, dance was used to pass on stories from one generation to another, so it is also historically very important.

What's especially great about the many forms of dance is how popular it is. This means whether you decide to take up ballet when you're a tiny toddler, start doing break-dancing in your teens, or learn tap dancing when you're a working adult, you'll meet loads of like-minded people and make new friends.

Making friends is another great way to beat the stress. You can even go watch professional dancers with your new friends. Maybe one day you'll even dance for a living.

Karly, Sub-editor