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Dancing Is Good For Your Brain

Dancing Is Good For Your Brain

 

Exercise in general has long been held in high regard for its endless mental health benefits, but new studies suggest that dancing in particular may improve brain function on a variety of levels and that regular aerobic training which incorporates dances can maximise your brain function.

Maximise Brain Function

Different types of dance, it seems, blend cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and something called proprioception, which is where your body uses sensory information to contribute to the sense of position of self and movement… and working all these areas combined is how you can maximise your brain function.
Let’s look at what this means for two different aspects of dance:

Improve Muscle Memory and Reduce Mental Strain

Dizziness isn’t a thing in the lives of professional dancers, with their grace, poise, unworldly ability to balance on their toes and spin around and around and around… oh, we’re getting dizzy just thinking about it! A study from the Imperial College London showed that ballet dancer’s brain structures are slightly different to the average adult’s, allowing them to spin endlessly without getting dizzy.

It seems that years of dancing regularly can enable them to suppress the signals from the balance organs within the ear that usually alert your brain to dizziness. Scientists are now keen to see if dancing regularly may be able to assist chronic dizziness, which as many as 1 in 4 people will experience at some point in their lifetime.
In a second study it was found that the act of marking out a dance routine slowly, which is a regular feature throughout the process of learning to dance and learning new routines, can improve muscle memory and reduce the mental strain needed to perfect the movements involved in the routine.

Professional dancers glide across the stage but it is well known throughout the dance community that learning those steps are physically and mentally demanding. The act of marking, breaks these steps down and allows dancers to move slowly through the steps over and over, introducing more and more fluidity each time and allowing them to better memorise the steps.
The focus on the steps over perfecting the movements allows them concentrate on the mental task of memorising the routine and reduces the demand on their bodies so that there wasn’t so much demand on the cognitive load while learning the choreography.

While these brain function improvements were both found in professional dancers with years of training, scientists believe that is it possible for the general public to benefit from improved brain function by engaging in dance for fitness purposes. Just one or two dance sessions a week will help you see the benefits of improved brain function as well as better mental health and coordination.

Whether you’re an absolute beginner, or have already enjoyed dancing for years; if you’re  a ballroom fan, or if Latin is more your style, we have the dancing class, professional instructor and the right style to get you moving with confidence on any dance floor.

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Both my wife and I are extremely happy learning ballroom dancing at Crows Nest Arthur Murray Studio. We have found the dancing instructors to be professional, knowledgeable, friendly and supportive. We are more than happy to continue enjoying our dancing experience and social activities with all the other students. We feel like part of a large joyous dancing family.John & Marilynread more
John Chung
John Chung
11:16 14 Feb 17
We were interested in learning Tango for our daughter's wedding last year, but here we are in our second year at AM, Crows Nest - dancing has now become our passion, due in large part, to the excellence of teaching and supportive atmosphere of this studio! The journey is long and I so envy the folks who have started years ago to achieve the beauty and grace of ballroom and the seduction of Latin dancing. We are determined to continue !!!read more
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
23:35 06 Feb 17
We started dancing in 2009 for our wedding - and had so much fun learning that we kept it up. They have incredible flexibility to do as much as you want, on your schedule, and consist of staff that appreciate busy working (and family!) lives --- while encouraging you to always improve yourselves! As a couple learning they have accommodated both our learning styles very well.read more
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
08:48 04 Feb 17
I walked through the doors at Arthur Murray Crows Nest over 10 years ago having never danced a day in my life… I was looking for something fun to do outside of work and I’ve been there ever since!! There are local and overseas competitions, social nights and lots of glamorous events throughout the year to keep you busy. It’s fun, challenging, incredibly rewarding and you have an absolute blast along the way!!read more
Amy Hendry
Amy Hendry
02:29 31 Jan 17
I have loved dance all of my life but the Arthur Murray Crows Nest experience has taken my love and learning to another level. I have been dancing here for 14 years and will continue until my body gives up. My lessons are so much fun, challenging in a good way and a great form of exercise. Add to that the social side, great people, parties, outings, local and overseas competitions and you have the ultimate hobby.read more
Janet Black
Janet Black
02:19 27 Jan 17