Wellness and Recovery in the Addiction Profession Part Four: Ballroom Dance - Sustainable Client Wellness for Recovery Centers

Recorded on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 

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Reference List: Gallagher-04-07-21
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Participation in ballroom dance offers an exercise-based wellness opportunity for individuals in recovery for a substance use disorder. Group instruction builds social cohesion through guided awareness and mindfulness of self, partner, partnership, classmates, and music. Improved physical and emotional well-being stem from unlimited opportunities to practice dance patterns in a relaxed, music-filled environment. This interactive approach to recovery also provides an opportunity to build self-efficacy, improve communication, facilitate cooperation, and offer an opportunity to exercise. Ballroom classes are well-orchestrated learning opportunities that covertly facilitate methods for improving life-skills. Learner achievements are celebrated in partnership through real-time engagement in the socially invigorating and healthy leisure-time pursuit of ballroom dance.


Renee Gallagher, MEd, developed Sway2Go! Recovery Ballroom. The program provides wellness learning options designed for administration by non-dance professionals in recovery settings and community learning spaces. As a former United States National Professional Ballroom Champion and dance studio owner in California and Kentucky, Gallagher uses her Master of Education degree in Instructional Design and Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology to create accessible dance programs for diverse populations. Recently, she participated in the SoulFull Enterprise Cohort, a program that informs and supports individuals and organizations dedicated to creating second chance employment opportunities for individuals in recovery. Gallagher has also attended family recovery coach and community support specialist trainings as well as the Harvard Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference. She is actively involved with local recovery initiatives and healthcare working groups in Kentucky.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will apply their unique industry knowledge to evaluate the potential value of client participation in ballroom dance classes facilitated inside a recovery environment.
  • Participants will analyze current client needs to assess how the potential positive learning outcomes of ballroom dance classes may help achieve therapeutic goals.
  • Participants will evaluate the costs and benefits of providing intermittent ballroom dance opportunities to their clients.
Content Level

Beginner and Intermediate

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Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.


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