Social dance is enjoyed by a great many people and provides a valuable form of exercise, which does not become boring with the passing of time. It is a social activity engaging people of all ages, genders, cultures and backgrounds. It is fun and fitness all in one convenient parcel.
The self-discipline involved in learning to dance is of inestimable value to the young. It promotes qualities of confidence, poise and self-esteem also allows both children and adults to participate in competitions which develop team spirit and a sense of achievement.
Dancing is an ideal way to socialise and meet a variety of people and to do so in a friendly and relaxed environment. It is also a great way to keep fit and with today’s society’s awareness into health and fitness, it is one of the best forms of keeping the body moving!
In February 2023, The Sport & Recreation Alliance released a report identifying and articulating the social value of movement and dance.


Who is the Sport & Recreation Alliance & what do they do

‘We bring together the sport and recreation sector and support our members to tackle the challenges and take advantage of opportunities. We are the voice of the sector with Government, policy makers and the media. We help get the nation active at the grassroots by providing advice, support and guidance.’

Sports and Recreation Strategy 2021-2025

‘Our new strategy comes at a critical juncture for both society and our sector. The COVID-19 pandemic has simultaneously reinforced the importance of sport, recreation and physical activity to the lives of individuals and communities but also highlighted how easily it can be taken away. Now, more than ever, we must work creatively and collaboratively to make the case for sport and recreation. 
We hope this new strategy will set out for you what we will be focusing on over the next four years and how you can be supported.
We have listened extensively to our members, stakeholders and sector partners to ensure that the aims of our strategy remain true to the sector’s needs, both in the immediacy and the long-term.

At the heart of our new vision, we will work to showcase the incredible social, economic and health benefits that sport, recreation and physical activity brings.

We also want to help our members to become even more resilient and sustainable as we tackle the challenges that lie ahead.
Promoting diversity, inclusion and collaboration have been identified as three ways for the sector to lead social change and we will do all we can to drive action in these areas where there is still much work to be done’

Robin Short

Nigel Horrocks

Jan Williams

Gillian Mackenzie

Anne Lingard

Antony Hurley

Lorna Lee-Stylianos

Robert Grover

Len Armstong

Bryan Allen

Michael Williams

Kenny Welsh

Tracey Walters

David Trueman

Hannah Trever

Yvonne Saunders

David Roberts

Margaret Redmond

Sean Perry

Philip Perry

Carol Perry

Nicola Nordin

Hilary Mouat

Cora Ann Leonard

Anna Henrich-Jones

Malcolm Hill

Morgan Hemphill

Natalie Hayes

Krystof Grzelak

Antonio Franchitti

Mark Elsbury

Colin Donaldson

Philip Diment

Jaime Dieguez

Frances Dawson

Howard Cookson

Michael Conway

Warren Brown

Warren Boyce

Joanne Blackshaw

Robert Aldred

Mark Lunn

Christopher Hawkins