As if we needed another reason to dance…
As you age, there are changes that begin to take place throughout the body, affecting you both physically and mentally. As the brain ages, many people suffer a noticeable decline in cognitive function, while others seem to somehow “stay young”.
Physical activity has been proven to play a part in “slowing down or even counteracting age-related decline in mental and physical capacity”, according to Dr. Kathrin Rehfeld, lead author of a recent study [https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-08-reverse-aging-brain.html] in Magdeburg, Germany at the Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases.
The study was performed over 18 months and demonstrated two forms of physical activity, endurance training and dancing. Both forms of activity showed an increase in the hippocampus, the area of the brain that typically decreases with age. Dancing had the added benefit of also producing noticeable changes in balance.
The fitness group performed repetitive training exercises, like cycling and Nordic walking. The dance group was given new challenges every other week, learning new dances, steps and patterns. It’s believed the constantly changing learning process is what caused noticeable balance changes in the dance group.
It’s already known that dementia patients react strongly while listening to music. The hope remains that by combining the proven benefits of physical activity and music, such as what you experience when you dance, the effects of dementia can be diminished, or maybe even counteracted completely.
The hippocampus area is important because of the key role it plays in learning, memory and keeping your balance. The hippocampus is prone to age-related decline and also greatly affected by Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Rehfeld adds her advice following the outcome of the experiment: “I believe everybody would like to live an independent and healthy life for as long as possible. Physical activity is one of the lifestyle factors that can contribute to this…I think dancing is a powerful tool to set new challenges for body and mind, especially in older age.”
See there? The doctor’s prescription to extend your life and diminish age-related brain decline…DANCE!
So many people say, “I’d like to learn how to ballroom dance, but I’ve got two left feet.” Or, “My partner just can’t dance…no rhythm at all!”
Those aren’t real reasons not to get started with ballroom dancing in Knoxville!
If you’ve ever had the slightest desire to dance at all…I want to strongly encourage you to pursue it! Would it surprise you to know that you already do almost all the ‘steps’ taught in ballroom dancing? If you can walk, you can absolutely learn to dance.
Ballroom dancing is, put simply, merely steps. Some forward steps, some back steps, some side steps. When combined in a series, with music as the background, suddenly you’re dancing.
You didn’t come into this world knowing how to walk, read a book or drive a car. These are all learned skills, and so is ballroom dancing. Granted, for some it may come easier, (it does help if you have an innate sense of rhythm), but every skill needed to become proficient on the dance floor can be acquired through instruction, coupled with practice.
No one is born knowing how to dance. Everyone you see on any dance floor, from the pros on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ to the winners of the World Championship ballroom competitions, to the folks at your local studio….all of these were people with no former knowledge of dancing who became quite talented on the dance floor.
It takes proper instruction and yes, it does require practice. But what skill doesn’t? It takes practice to learn anything new. Knowing how to dance is something that once learned, will bring a lifetime of enjoyment.
Getting started with ballroom dancing in Knoxville couldn’t be easier. Click here to sign up for our Introductory Special for newcomers to our studio and book your first lesson today!
The Intro Package is good for one person or a couple, so you don’t need a partner. But if you have one, it’s a wonderful experience to share!
See you on the dance floor!
Do you have children in your life that could be enjoying these amazing benefits of ballroom dancing for kids?
Dance classes for kids are nothing new. The opportunity has been there for years, allowing children of all ages to learn how to dance. Boys and girls of all ages attend weekly dance classes where they learn everything from ballet to ballroom, from hip-hop to tap and jazz, as well as a number of other dance styles.
Dance classes contribute to many different areas of a child’s growth. They learn body alignment, rhythm, coordination, technical training and discipline. There are several other aspects of dance that greatly contribute to a child’s growth and development…benefits that may not immediately come to mind.
Youth Dance Classes Create Confidence
When children learn a new step or a difficult routine or improve on a technique, it increases the child’s self-esteem. This allows them to feel proud of their accomplishment and gives them the self-assurance to perform it for family and friends. In many cases, it helps the child overcome feelings of shyness and allows them to experience the feeling of appreciation and pride in a job well done.
Youth Dance Classes Provide Good Exercise
Let’s be honest, kids in today’s world are not getting as much exercise as kids in years past, in the days before so many video games and so much screen time. Children attending youth dance classes have so much fun participating in the class and learning new dance moves, many don’t even realize all the other benefits they’re receiving.
In addition to increased physical activity, they also learn about teamwork, structure, discipline, creativity and independent thinking.
Youth Dance Classes Teach Respect
Children who attend regular dance classes learn respect for adults, for their classmates and even more importantly, for themselves. When kids feel good about themselves, it opens their mind to be able to accomplish a multitude of other things that benefit their mental and physical health and enhance their overall well-being.
Almost every adult who took dance classes as a child will confirm the positive experience they had and can tell you how much they helped in various aspects of their life.
Youth Dance Classes Foster a Positive Mindset
There is something special about the environment within the walls of a dance studio. For one thing, it’s a positive energy atmosphere, where encouragement reigns. Over the years, children grow and develop into happier, more well-rounded adults. The transformation is beautiful to watch and an even greater experience to be involved in. There is nothing greater in this world than to be part of a child’s healthy, happy growth and development.