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I've long been advocating the fact that dancing is a great form of exercise for the body and the brain! The research supports this fact. Both BBC documentaries 'How To Stay Young' and 'The Truth About Getting Fit' stated how beneficial dancing is for you. I've also recently read a fabulous book called 'The Dance Cure' (see photo) by Dr Peter Lovatt. He's a former professional dancer turned psychologist who has spent two decades studying why we dance and what it does for us.
Dancing is a fantastic way to stay fit, young and healthy because of the all round workout you get, whether you're doing a slower steady paced dance class or a more energetic dance fitness class. You use lots of different muscles all over the body and not just the major ones, like in cycling, swimming and running. You also keep your brain working too, as you have to remember the steps and what comes next, which is very important as we get older.
The Benefits of Dancing
When we exercise the body releases endorphins, which result in feelings of well-being. Since we dance to music, in a fun social environment, dancing is particularly effective at this and one of the best forms of exercise. It has been known to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression and improve self-esteem, confidence, feelings of vitality and empowerment.
It's amazing what positive effects dancing has also specifically had on people suffering with parkinsons disease. It has scientifically been proven that it can improve mobility, emotional well being and body discomfort, improve the way people think about and solve problems and reduce feelings of depression, anger and tension.
I truly believe that everyone should allow a bit of dancing in their life. With all the potential positive benefits to be gained, there's really no reason not to dance, whether that's in the comfort of your own home, dancing at a party/club or joining a dance class. I've never underestimated the value of the social element of dancing, which is why I've endeavoured to create a really fun friendly admosphere at all my classes, so that everyone feels welcome. I organise social events during the year too, such as meals out, tea and cake with others from class, theatre trips locally or in London and there's usually one dance party a year where dancers gather from across all my classes.
So why not come and try out a class and learn something new - I'm sure you'll have loads of fun!
I look forward to welcoming you!