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Introduction

According to the findings of the “Healthy Exercise for All Campaign Physical Fitness Test for the Community” released in 2012, in general, Hong Kong people were not doing enough physical exercise to maintain good health. To improve their physical fitness and health, they should build exercise into their daily life and develop a healthy lifestyle.

To encourage the public to do exercise regularly and maintain healthy living habits, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Department of Health (DH) have joined hands to organise the “Healthy Exercise for All Campaign” since 2000 to promote the benefits of doing exercise. The activities organised under the Campaign have been well received by the public.

"Dance for Health" is one of the highlighted programmes of the "Healthy Exercise for All Campaign" . Through organising a wide variety of dance play-in and dance nights, we hope that the public will be encouraged to participate in dancing and foster a habit of doing exercise regularly for the benefit of physical and mental health.

For information on the dance nights, please refer to the list below. For enquiries on the various dance training courses and programmes on social dance, Western folk dance, children dance and jazz dance, etc. organised regularly by the District Leisure Services Offices (DLSOs) of the LCSD, please visit the LCSD’s website http://www.lcsd.gov.hk or approach the respective DLSOs.


Benefits of Dancing

To dance for 30 minutes continuously or in sessions (no less than 10 minutes per session) every day will bring you a lot of physical benefits, such as:

  1. Increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis;

  2. Improve cardiopulmonary functions and blood circulation;

  3. Lower the risks of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some types of cancer (e.g. colon cancer);

  4. Improve the flexibility and suppleness of joints, thereby reducing the risk of injury;

  5. Burn excessive calories to maintain a healthy body weight;

  6. Relieve stress and enhance physical and mental health; and

  7. Broaden social circle and enhance relationship with friends and family members.

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To learn more about the calories expended during exercises will help weight Management:
   
Example 1: For an adult aged 45 years and weighing 70 kg, 30 minutes of social dancing will burn about 130 kcal.
 
Example 2: For an adult aged 25 years and weighing 50 kg, 30 minutes of Jazz dancing will burn about 120 kcal.

(Note: The examples shown above are for reference only. The actual amount of energy expended may vary with individuals’ age, gender, physical fitness, skill level and the intensity of exercise, etc.)

 

Guidelines on Physical Exercise
  1. To avoid injury, do warm-up and cool-down exercises before and after dancing.
  2. Wear suitable clothing and shoes.
  3. When feeling unwell during exercise, stop immediately and seek medical assistance or professional help.
Types of Dance

There are many types of dance, each with its own characteristics, some of which are as follows:

Social dance
In the old days, social dance was a classy social and recreational activity that catered for minority interests. With growing popularity, it has been taken up by people from all walks of life. Today, social dance is not only a kind of art performance, but also a competitive event in the sports arena.

Modern dance
Only becoming popular in Hong Kong in the mid-70s, modern dance has developed rapidly since then. With different schools and distinctive styles, it has multiple expression techniques that stress the uniqueness and creativity of the dancers.

Jazz dance
Jazz dance, with strong beats and diverse steps, is very popular among young people. Since it has fewer rules as compared with social dance, players can express themselves freely through dancing.

Chinese dance
Chinese dance, divided into classical dance and ethnic dance, reflects Chinese cultural characteristics and traditional customs of ethnic groups. Rich in content and varied in form, it enables dancers to understand more about the culture and arts of our country through dancing.

Folk dance
Folk dance is a very common form of entertainment in festive celebrations and gatherings. Though easy to learn, its quick rhythm calls for co-ordination and co-operation among dancers. Cultural characteristics of different places can also be displayed.

Children dance
Dance tailor-made for children can be called children dance.  It adopts basic techniques of various types of dance (such as ballet, jazz dance and folk dance). Light and lively in mood, it helps children to develop an interest in dancing.

Acknowledgement to the organisations for the provision of information :
Hong Kong Dance Federation
Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong, China

Dance For Health Dance Night Programmes
District

Name of Programme

Date & Time
(PM)

Venue
Type of Dance
(Age of Participants)
Enrolment Period Enrolment
Method
Enquiry Telephone Number

Information to be provided later.

 


The announcement of the District Offices organising the activity shall prevail. Programme information is subject to change without prior notice. For details, please contact the respective District Office by telephone or see the notices on the notice board.

Fee:
  1. $20/participant (Full rate)
  2. For enrolment on the above programmes, persons aged below 15, aged 60 or above, full-time students and persons with disabilities can enjoy concessionary rate upon production of valid proof. Minders of persons with disabilities (limited to one minder) can also enjoy the concession
  3. Participants enrolled on the above programmes through the Leisure Link Internet Booking or Self-service Kiosk at concessionary rates should produce documentary proofs of their entitlement to the concession for the officials inspection on the event day. Those who fail to do so will be required to pay the difference between the full entry fee and the concessionary fee

Enrolment Method:
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means the activity can be enrolled on a first-come-first served basis through the 4 enrolment methods listed below:

  1. Enrol in person at any District Leisure Services Offices or any recreation and sports venues with Leisure Link Services
  2. Enrolment by telephone (Telephone No : 2927 8080)
  3. Enrolment by mail
  4. Enrolment through Leisure Link Self-service Kiosk
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means the activity also accepts on-line enrolment via Leisure Link Internet Booking on a first-come-first-served basis.  Applicants may enrol in activities through the Leisure Link website http://leisurelink.lcsd.gov.hk starting from 8:30 am on the first date of enrolment

Points to Note:
  1. For enquiries about the content or enrolment arrangement of the programmes, please contact the respective District Leisure Services Offices

  2. Applicants should be aware of their health conditions and consider whether it is suitable for them to enrol in the recreation and sports activity.  In case of doubt,  please consult a doctor prior to the enrolment of activity

  3. For details about the "Healthy Exercise for All Campaign", please call the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) 24-hour Customer Hotline at 2414 5555 or refer to the website of LCSD at http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/healthy
  4. For more information on health, please call the Department of Health 24-hour health education hotline at 2833 0111 or visit the website of the Central Health Education Unit of the Department of Health at http://www.cheu.gov.hk