Research has found that ballroom dancing improves mental acuity throughout a dancer’s life and there are also substantial benefits to those who start ballroom dancing as adults. It enhances memory, alertness, awareness, focus and concentration. The 21-year study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine proved that ballroom dancing is the best way to prevent dementia and other neurological degeneration such as Alzheimer’s disease.
The even more surprising part of this study? Ballroom dancing was the ONLY physical activity to offer protection against dementia (not swimming, playing tennis or golf, walking or bicycling). In 2003, this study concluded by saying that “dance can decidedly improve brain health.”
Swedish researchers studying teenaged girls with stress, anxiety and depression saw a decrease in anxiety and stress levels among those who took up partnership dancing. The study also noted marked improvement in mental health and patients reported being happier than those who did not participate in ballroom dancing. We also know that ballroom dancing can decrease loneliness among all age groups and music makes you relax, let go and unwind. We’re told by our clients that they can feel the tension leave their bodies when they walk into our ballroom.
In a 2015 article, Harvard Medical School reported that dance has such beneficial effects on the brain that it is now being used to treat people with Parkinson’s disease. And Oxford published a study in 2017 that concluded that dancing helps reduce levels of depression as shown by psychometric measures.
We’ve thrown a lot of studies and facts at you…..but we want you to hear from the best. And after quoting all those neurological studies…..maybe dancing CAN make you smarter! And choosing Fred Astaire Dance Studio can make you the smartest!
So why not try it out? Come alone or with your dance partner. Learn something new, make new friends, and reap numerous health and social benefits… all from merely learning to dance. Find the Fred Astaire Dance Studio nearest you, and join us for some FUN!
We look forward to seeing you soon, and helping you take the first step on your dance journey!