Darcey Bussell: Dancing To Happiness, Saturday, BBC Two
Since her retirement from professional ballet, Darcey Bussell has become a formidable advocate for promoting dance in all areas of life. She has piloted dance classes for schoolchildren across the UK, and recently spoken in Westminster, calling for dance to be a key part of the curriculum in order to improve children’s tness. The former prima ballerina has herself returned to dance class; she believes that dancing is vital to keep her on an “even keel” and she thinks that it can be an important tool for everyone’s mental health. In this new documentary, the Strictly judge investigates why dance, more than any other form of exercise, has such a positive e ects on mood and behaviour. She investigates di erent mental health dance interventions, from dance workshops for young people with mental health issues, to dance classes and therapy for those living with dementia and Parkinson’s disease.