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Benefits of Dancing

Physical Health

  • Improves cardiovascular health.
  • Increases muscle tone – you use all of your major muscle groups.
  • Keeps joints lubricated and increases bone density.
  • Helps you lose weight by burning calories.  According to calorielab.com, ballroom dancing burns 136 - 306 calories/hour depending on speed and intensity.
  • Increases flexibility, agility, strength and balance while encouraging good posture and body alignment.

 

Mental Health

  • Improves memory by making you recall steps, routines, and intricate dance patterns.
  • Increases self-confidence and reduces stress.
  • Makes you smarter.  Research has found that ballroom dancing improves mental acuity throughout your life and can even help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease as we age (J. Verghese et. al. 2003. Leisure Activities and the Risk of Dementia in the Elderly.  N. England Journal of Medicine 348: 2508-2516).  The 21-year study found that dancing frequently reduced the risk of dementia by 76% among participants.  The only other “activity” that significantly reduced the risk was doing crossword puzzles at least 4 days a week (47%).  The main reasons given by Dr. Verghese for the reduced risk of dementia were that the “requirements of ballroom dancing, such as remembering the steps, moving in precise time to the music and adapting to the movements of one’s partner are mentally demanding exercises”.

 

Social Engagement

  • Creates social connections.
  • Teaches teamwork skills – leader and follower have to work together toward a common goal.  The leader has to plot a path around the dancefloor and provide a solid frame, while the follower has to do everything backwards…and in high heels!

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