Adults with Disabilities Use Dance as Therapy

By Stephanie Williams — July 28, 2018 — 2 min read
What Matters Most, Inc. is a day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities located in Concord, N.C. Stephanie Williams is the Day Facility Director at What Matters Most.
Dance Day with What Matter Most Inc.   Dance Day with What Matter Most Inc.
National Dance Day is the fourth Saturday in July. The participants and staff at What Matters Most, Inc., will be dancing the day away to honor one of our most favorite activities. We hope some of our friends will be inspired to do the same because…"Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”

At What Matters Most, we enjoy having dance parties on a regular basis. We have found that music can be therapeutic for our participants on every level. A few individuals at our day program aren’t very social, but when they hear music, they smile and start clapping their hands or moving their legs and stepping to the beat!

It is amazing to see the transformation that occurs when you start playing music and encouraging the participants to dance. Music is a universal language that seems to speak to all of us, and it truly brings joy!
Dance Day with What Matter Most Inc.   Dance Day with What Matter Most Inc.

One of the major benefits of our impromptu dance parties at What Matters Most is the opportunity for our participants to express themselves through movement. Some of our folks cannot verbally say how they are feeling, but through music they can speak. They can jump up and down, spin their wheelchairs around in circles, hold hands with their dance partners and sing along with the melodies.

It is liberating to let go and get lost in the songs. Along with dance being a form of communication, it can also be a healthy stress reliever. We all need ways to cope with the stress in our lives from time to time.
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