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There’s More to Dancing than You Think

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The incredible benefits of dancing should encourage you to make the time! From helping with certain health conditions, to improving balance, to boosting well-being, dance is a powerful tool.

Have you ever wanted to learn to dance, but just don’t have the time?

The incredible benefits of dancing should encourage you to make the time! From helping with certain health conditions, to improving balance, to boosting well-being, dance is a powerful tool.

It’s not a cure, but did you know that research has shown you are 76 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia if you are a dancer? You don’t have to be a professional, but instead you can simply dance on a regular basis. Research also shows that dancing can improve your mental health by boosting your overall happiness.

Do you have balance issues? Dancing helps improve your balance as well.

Exercise is a great way to stay in shape, but using those high-impact machines and exercises can cause damage to joints and bones. Dancing is less traumatic to the body and can improve cardiovascular health, increase stamina, strengthen bones and muscles, and give you more flexibility. Just thinking about it makes me want to get up and dance right now!

For people with Parkinson’s disease, dancing also helps address the component of “loss of external cues” that facilitates movement. Backing up can cause a fall. In ballroom dancing, the waltz, fox-trot, and particularly the Argentine tango, strengthen the ability of backing up while in your partner’s arms. This teaches you how to shift your weight properly, thus improving your balance.

There have been wonderful results to dance/movement therapy in special settings for those with physical problems such as amputations, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and chronic illnesses, such as osteoporosis, anorexia, bulimia, and cancer. Dance can also help improve concentration for children with developmental disorders such as autism and help them express themselves. Children learn about body awareness, general motor skills, and overall well-being, which are important for everyday life. It can also help children develop higher levels of empathy by gaining social skills. 

Let’s not forget about the romantic aspect of dancing. The truly wonderful feeling of holding your partner in your arms and letting the music take over is exciting and a fun way to invigorate your relationship. Men, we all know you like to lead, and dancing, especially ballroom dancing, requires a man to assume the role of “leader.” Women, you can enjoy letting go and being in the moment with the person you love.

Don’t underestimate the power of dance. There are so many benefits, you’ll be glad you took advantage of.

Vard Margaryan is a world-renowned dancer and the owner of La Imperial Dance in Lake Mary. The studio specializes in social ballroom dancing for all ages and levels. For more information, visit LaImperialDanceLakeMary.com.


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