Dance therapy has been used to treat mental and physical illness in the United States since the 1940s. It is recognized by many organizations as a legitimate form of treatment. At the very least, it is known that dance lessons in Herndon will provide exercise, improve mobility and muscle coordination, reduce muscle tension, improve self-awareness, self-confidence, and interpersonal interaction, and can act as an outlet for communicating feelings according to the American Cancer Society. In this type of therapy, a dance instructor helps an individual or a group of people to express themselves through movement. Effectively expressing feelings in this manner is known to improve mood. Dance therapy, as a creative art therapy, is rooted in the expressive nature of dance itself. Dance is the most fundamental of the arts, involving a direct expression and experience of oneself through the body.

It is a basic form of authentic communication based in the belief that the body, the mind and the spirit are interconnected defined by the American Dance Association as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process that furthers the emotional, cognitive, social and physical integration of the individual.” Dance therapy is now practiced all over the world. The common misconception is that you need to be a skilled dancer to enjoy the benefits of dance therapy. However, it is not about learning new moves and getting on the dance floor to show off. It is about getting alone with you body and mind. At Fred Astaire we take great pride in teaching you the techniques you need to dance off the blues. Come to us and see why our instructors are the best and will give you the one on one attention you deserve.