Danielle Parker is an Irish dance instructor in Hong Kong. There are many benefits to Irish dancing, from keeping people physically and mentally active to helping family bond with one another. Photo: Dickson Lee
Danielle Parker is an Irish dance instructor in Hong Kong. There are many benefits to Irish dancing, from keeping people physically and mentally active to helping family bond with one another. Photo: Dickson Lee
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How Irish dancing provides a great workout for body and brain and can strengthen family bonds

  • A fast-paced cardio exercise, Irish dancing can improve flexibility, physical strength and stamina; one study says it improves older performers’ quality of life
  • Holly, aged 10, whose mum teaches it in Hong Kong, says ‘I’ve enjoyed it my whole life’, and champion dancer Pippa – also 10 – says ‘I was born to dance’

Danielle Parker is an Irish dance instructor in Hong Kong. There are many benefits to Irish dancing, from keeping people physically and mentally active to helping family bond with one another. Photo: Dickson Lee
Danielle Parker is an Irish dance instructor in Hong Kong. There are many benefits to Irish dancing, from keeping people physically and mentally active to helping family bond with one another. Photo: Dickson Lee
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