Social Dancing for Successful Ageing: Models for Health, Happiness and Social Inclusion amongst Senior Citizens

Jonathan Skinner


Abstract: This article presents findings from a qualitative study of social dancing for successful ageing amongst senior citizens in three locales: in Blackpool (GB), around Belfast (NI), and in Sacramento (US). Findings also attest to the social, psychological and health benefits of social dancing amongst senior citizens. They also articulate three different social dancing models: social dance as tea dance (Sacramento), social dance as practice dance (Blackpool), social dance as motility (Belfast and environs).


aging; senior citizen; social dance; ballroom; health; nostalgia; leisure

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