Ballroom dancing is helping to improve children’s behaviour and increase their interest in exercise according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. A scheme called Essential Dance aims to improve children’s health & fitness. Over 2,500 students aged 5-18 are learning to cha-cha, waltz & jive in twenty-nine UK primary and secondary schools. The scheme was evaluated by Dr. Jeanne Keay, Dean of Education and Dr. John Spence, Head of Physical Education, at Roehampton University and is supported by Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. As well as improving youngsters’ fitness, they found it also improved social skills and particularly benefited those children not normally interested in taking part in sport. Why not see if your childrens’ schools can take part – sounds fun, and will go a long way to avoiding the childhood obesity that we’re seeing in epidemic proportions around the UK.