Why Dance

Body

Ballroom dancing helps tone and strengthen the muscles in your calves, thighs and buttocks by working these muscles differently than walking, jogging or cycling. It will also help strengthen the core muscles of the abdomen and back. When dancing gets your heart rate up, it can be a good form of aerobic exercise providing definite cardiovascular benefits. Many studies have found that it can even improve balance.

On average, a 150-pound person burns about 240 calories per hour when dancing. But, the numbers vary a lot, from less than 200 calories per hour for slow dances like Foxtrot to about 350 calories for faster dancing like Cha Cha.

Dancing Fitness

Mind

Frequent dancing improves your mind, It sounds crazy but keep reading. A major study published by The New England Journal of Medicine added to the growing evidence that stimulating one’s mind by dancing can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit.  Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages.

The 21-year study of senior citizens, 75 and older, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

The goal was to see if any physical or cognitive recreational activities influenced mental acuity.  They studied cognitive activities such as reading books, writing for pleasure, doing crossword puzzles, and playing musical instruments.  And, they studied physical activities like playing tennis or golf, swimming, bicycling, walking for exercise and dancing.

Results of The Test – Frequent dancing was the only physical activity that protected against dementia.

One of the surprises of the study was that almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. Dancing created the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical.

Playing golf – 0%
Bicycling and swimming – 0%
Reading – 35% reduced risk of dementia
Doing crossword puzzles four days a week – 47%
Dancing frequently – 76%

Spirit

There are also intangible benefits to dancing because dancing is more than steps and patterns. It is a vehicle for self-improvement that allows you to connect with your partner, friends and a community of dancers. Ultimately, it can be a rewarding outlet for self-expression and provide a sense of accomplishment.

Moving across the floor while physically interpreting the rhythm of the music can reduce stress and create a sense accomplishment, spiritual well being and increased confidence. Throughout recorded history, humans have moved to rhythms both primitive and complex.  Because our emotional connection to music is part of our DNA, it provides the Genesis for the spiritual benefits of dance.

Dance Health

Watch this amazing & inspirational video of how dancing changed Rafi Eldor‘s life after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.