A different study showed that partnered tango dance could improve balance and gait in individuals with Parkinson disease. Dancing in partners allowed these individuals to challenge balance more than non-partnered dance. Furthermore, an investigation published in the Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, linked dancing to improved “white matter” integrity in the brains of older adults. The brain’s white matter can be thought of as its connective tissue. That tissue tends to break down gradually as we age, which leads to a loss of processing speed and the thinking and memory problems that arise later in life.
Dancing’s mood-boosting ability is second to none – from the pleasure of seeing yourself progress to an incredible fun way to spend an hour or two. It’s the perfect antidote to life’s stresses as dance forces you to be in the moment. Concentration is key, you can’t let your mind wander.
All in all how can dancing help:
• Increase blood flow to the brain;
• Less stress, depression and loneliness;
• Improve energy and flexibility;
• Mental challenge (memorizing steps, working with the partner);
• Encourages social bonding.
Put all this together, and it’s clear we could all use more samba, salsa or line dancing in our lives.