Maybe you studied ballet, jazz or tap in your youth and really miss it,
or perhaps you always wanted to learn ballroom dancing but never could
squeeze it into your schedule. If you’re considering taking up dancing
again (or as a new hobby), now might be the perfect time to get back into
class. Dance is not only great exercise for your body, it’s also
an excellent way to exercise your brain.
Recent studies conducted by medical researchers, including doctors at Harvard,
concluded that choreographed dancing can increase brain function in older
adults. The benefits from dancing exceeded the benefits resulting from
less rigorous physical activities such as walking and stretching.
Choreographed dancing requires using our brain (cognitive skills) and our
body (physical skills) as well as social skills needed to interact with
others in class. Research has shown that enhancing these three areas helps
our brains process information faster and helps to decrease the effects
of aging on processing speed.
Torrance Memorial offers two dance classes: Dancing to Oldies but Goodies
and Chair Dancing. Numerous dance studios and adult education classes
in the South Bay can also be found simply by searching for ballroom dancing
on the Internet (try looking for tango or swing). Go ahead—sign
up for that class and dance your way to a healthier body and sharper mind.