Body Mind Soul

by, Justine

I have been teaching for 28 years and enjoy spreading the joy of dance as much I did when I began.    I love the confidence I see take shape in people when they dance and to see the connection that people have with music and each other through dance.  I truly get a gift back every time I teach a lesson, I will always be grateful for this opportunity.  

Dancing is a lifestyle, it effects how we move, how we think and how we socialize.  In all of my years of teaching I have never had a student that has not walked out of a class differently than how they walked in.  Ballroom & Rhythm dancing is not just about the sport or the movement, it involves you physically as much as it does mentally. 

The universal language of music reaches us all, the need to connect with others touches us all, and the willingness to expose ourselves to our partners unites us all.   You can take it from, and to any level you want and still forever be changed by the experience of partner dancing. 

Dancing is for all

I work with clients on many different levels that have a variety of goals.  For the last couple of years I have been working with a group of adults that have special needs, and as I view, very special gifts.    This group of clients continue to teach me about compassion, pride and determination every lesson.    Ballroom dancing aids in numerous life skills, as well as cognitive and physical therapy.    So whether socially challenged, physically challenged or developmentally challenged Ballroom dancing is for all!

For the Joy of Dance,
Justine

For the Love of Dance
by, Mary


Dance and more reasons to love it!!!

Ok, so I know I love dancing! Always have and most likely always will. Now becoming a little more mature (aging), I am interested in how dancing can play a role in preventing or warding off many unwanted traits of aging and particularly neurological diseases. Well, I can back up my reasons for continuing my love of dance!!! Yes, studies have shown the benefits of dance for many aliments, preventative therapy, and warding off neurological diseases. Yeah!!!!!

Balance, memory and creating new pathways in the brain…

There is a connection between dancing and improving symptoms of Parkinson’s, let’s take a look. The first study that peaked my interest was 1Program in Physical Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO 63108, USA. They put mild to moderate Parkinson’s patients into three groups: Tango, Waltz/Foxtrot and a control group. The groups were measured using the Berg Balance Scale before and after. The results showed both dance groups improved more than the control group. However, the Tango group showed more of an improvement on certain measurements. All types dance help, but in this study the Tango group gained more of a benefit. Summarizing a few articles on why this helps is that the thinking involved in either leading or following in a dance creates new pathways in the brain, which as we age typically deteriorates. One of the articles even suggests the added benefit of dancing with different partners to create even new pathways.

Ever forget someone’s name or where you put something? Well, grab your dancing shoes, help is on the way. New England Journal of Medicine, June 19, 2003 held a study to determine the results of leisure activities and the risk of dementia in older patients, Article.  As stated by Dr. Joe Verghese, assistant professor of neurology at Alert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York, he offers the theory, “that the requirements of ballroom dancing: remembering the steps, moving in precise time to the music and adapting to the movements of one’s partner-are mentally demanding exercises. Therefore ballroom dancing offers both physical and mental stimulation.” It is the old saying, “Use it or Lose it”!

See you on the dance floor!!

Mary

One of our most enthusiastic students Mary is an amazing researcher, great teacher and a wealth of information, check out all the information and studies she has gathered For the Love of Dance below.