Social Dance for Successful Aging: The Practice of Health, Happiness, and Social Inclusion Amongst Senior Citizens

Jonathan Skinner

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Abstract

This article presents findings from a qualitative study of social
dancing for successful aging amongst senior citizens in three locales:
in Blackpool (GB), around Belfast (NI), and in Sacramento (US). Social
dancers are found to navigate an intense space in society, one of
wellbeing accompanied by a beneficial sense of youthfulness. Besides
such renewal and self-actualisation, findings also attest to the perceived
social, psychological and health benefits of social dancing amongst senior
citizens. They also articulate three different social dancing practices:
social dance as tea dance (Sacramento), social dance as practice dance
(Blackpool), social dance as motility (Belfast and environs).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-29
JournalAnthropology and Aging Quarterly
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

Keywords

  • aging, senior citizen, social dance, ballroom, health, nostalgia, leisure

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