BeDance – ‘Dance Dates With the Trees’
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BeDance – ‘Dance Dates With the Trees’

Galway Dance Artist in Residenct Bernadette Divilly launches her fourth wave of 9 min Dance Dates.

Did you know that research shows regularly spending time around trees provides a wide range of human health benefits, from lowering stress to improving cognition to boosting longevity, according to experts?

Be Dance - ‘Dance Dates With the Trees’ harnesses and resonates with this thinking.

Dance Dates are a 9-minute daily practice, they are altered regularly to respond to present moment needs. It is a simple practice demonstrating connectivity while apart. There is now an opportunity for members of the public to participate in Dance Dates, organised by Dance Art Lab Ireland in partnership with Galway Libraries, Galway Arts Centre, and Galway Dance Project.

Four 9-minute Dance Dates are due to take place every Friday until December 3rd.

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Bernadette’s Divilly founded Be Dance which evolved and began taking shape last year in the midst of the pandemic. She used technology to engage with others and created tutorial videos, podcasts, workshops and zoom events. This is where Dance Dates with the Trees began.

A growing body of research shows that regularly spending time around trees provides a wide range of human health benefits, from lowering stress to improving cognition to boosting longevity, according to experts.

In a September 8, 2021, interview on WBUR’s Radio Boston, Peter James, assistant professor in Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health, said that trees’ effects on us “translate into long-term changes in the incidence of depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, and chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer.” (Harvard Source).