People all over the world have longed to express themselves through manipulating their bodies in displaying beautiful dances, from the 1920′s Charleston, to the 1950′s the Twist, and even to the 1980′s the Robot. Dance it seems is part of every culture and enjoyed by the young and the old.
There are numerous benefits to this fun and engaging activity. The first and most obvious one is that it is a great way to exercise. Dancing not only allows muscles to become more flexibly and build more strength, but also increases heart rate. It gives us the opportunity to add to our sense of well being through increasing our social ties with others who share a passion for dancing. Who hasn’t had some friendly words with the person trying to master line dancing too? Further adding to our sense of well being is the gift of stress reduction and the heightened level of serotonin while we free our bodies and forget the worries of the day. Not only good for our physical and emotional states, dancing also provides mental challenges for our brains as the music engages our minds and we memorize each step.
Now get out there and dance!