Dancing makes you smarter

Hola gorgeous,

If you’re reading this blog, than you probably like to dance! I’m here to give you cause to celebrate by sharing some cool info that recent scientific study has proven.

For centuries medical journals and writings have noted the physical benefits of dance. Over the past few decades scientific studies have proven that the effects of frequent dance also increases levels of serotonin and reduces stress.

Well you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out! If you like to dance you know how different you feel even after one or two songs!

However recent studies show that dance also has an impact on neuroplasticity, increases cognitive acuity, and through stimulating the mind can ward off diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

kitty dancer extraordinaire

At 99 years old she attended a full-day drum and dance event I was offering and out-danced all of us. She was super sharp, witty, funny and full of wisdom. Her biggest advise: Keep moving, and never stop.

The New England Journal of Medicine reported on the effects of physical and cognitive recreational activities on mental acuity in aging, and discovered the only activity to have a significant impact on warding off dementia was not crossword puzzles, playing cards, playing musical instruments, playing tennis or golf, swimming, bicycling, walking for exercise and doing housework. It was frequent dancing that reduced the risk of dementia by 76%.

In summary they discovered that dancing causes the brain to create new neuropathways, keeping pathways between synapses active and thus keeping your memory and ability to retain and remember knowledge alive!

To hear more scientific studies and learn about the benefits of dance for a healthy body and mind, connect to my facebook page for updates on my interview on whistle radio.

If you’re feeling super jazzed sign-up for this Saturday’s dundun dance workshop, “Drum Into Your Power”

Register here: http://www.drumanddancemedicine.com/event/drum-into-your-power/