The first and most obvious reason for you or your child to take up dancing is to improve cardiovascular health, increase stamina, strengthen bones and muscles and help stave off illnesses. What sets dance apart from other types of cardio is the fact that it doesn’t come with the same wear and tear of repetitive motions. This is because dance is such a dynamic form of physical activity; you can adjust the tempo when your body needs a break.
Unlike with many forms of exercise, there are no rules when it comes to dancing. Participants range from toddlers to retirees because anyone can join in and enjoy the experience. Here around Atlanta, we have many dance businesses offering classes to people of all ages. If you’re interested in learning more about these services, check out our dance section here.
Each year, more than a quarter of adults 65 and older suffers a fall and millions of children and teens injure themselves playing sports. Techniques taught in dance classes increase body awareness and encourage low-impact landings. These techniques are not only useful for dancers on stage but for athletes who play impact sports, children developing motor skills, and older adults concerned about injuries.
Nonverbal communication represents two-thirds of all communication. The ability to express emotion comfortably in front of others shows mental maturity and learning to do so through movement and dance provides a safe gateway for young children to explore. The study of dance and movement can help a child develop an understanding of their own body language as well as others. Dance can teach a child how to express physically more complex emotions and how to read and react when someone else is physically emoting. It is a wonder what can be achieved through the study of performing arts and the positive impact the arts has on a child’s interpersonal development.
The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest regular dancing reduces the risk of dementia by 76 percent. Other physical activities, such as bicycling, walking and doing housework, weren’t associated with any decreased risk. For children, learning body movement and gestures helps them absorb ideas and improves their ability to absorb and hold information. For the rest of us, sometimes we could use a good mental escape. A 2014 study found positive changes such as increased energy and relaxed muscles. This might be attributed to the rhythmic movement which have been shown to trigger the release of endorphins, which can boost your mood.
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