In addition, research now shows that we never stop learning – ie we retain the ability to learn right into old age. That means that at any age we can grow / regain / maintain a more “youthful” approach to life, work and general well-being. In fact, neurons in the brain can actually grow as a result of learning.
How does this relate to dancing?
Because dancing involves so many aspects of our very being – mental, emotional and physical – and our ability to learn, research supports the following benefits of dancing:
- Encourages left and right side brain usage, helping to lessen the likelihood of early onset of illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.
- Sharpens sensory acuity.
- Assists with mental focus and clarity.
- Enables an increasing ability to learn new things.
- Facilitates heightened existing memory plus the ability to remember new things better.
- Encourages the brain to seek new stimulation which in turn encourages an active mind, therefore encouraging greater productivity.
- Assists the retention and maintenance of general well-being (including posture etc).