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How Does Dancing Affect the Mind?

written by: P Reddy • edited by: Stephanie Mojica • updated: 6/14/2010

Dance has many benefits associated with it. People have often wondered how does dancing affect the mind of the dancer? Dance has a positive affect on the body, the mind and the soul.

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    Does Dancing Affect the MInd?

    For those that have wondered how does dancing affect the mind the short answer is in many ways that are beneficial to the dancer. If nothing else it is a physical activity that helps keep one active and thus improves both the body and the mind.

    Engaging in dance also slows down the aging process for many people. As dance is a physical activity the benefits that come with cardiovascular exercise also help the dancer. They will also live their lives with reduced stress and tension levels.

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    Dancing Helps Keep the Mind Active

    The process of engaging the body in dance exercises the brain. This is because when one is dancing the body is relying on the brain to coordinate itself with the music, the dance steps and even help with reaction times and focus.

    However, not all dancing styles offer the same level of benefits. Some are harder to master and thus will require more brain power when it comes to learning the moves. The less challenging a dance style is the benefits the dancer will gain from it. However that is not to say that easy dances are not beneficial to the dancer.

    Socializing is a very important part of a person's life and research has now proven that interacting with others reduces and eliminates depression and stress from one's life. Those that engage in dancing socially often go out to do so whether it is at a club or going to lessons. Either way they are interacting with new people and further developing their social skills.

    Dances such as the ballroom style helps the coordination of the brain's muscles. This is because the flow of blood to the brain is increased due to the the fact that dancing is a physical activity.

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    Dancing May Help Reduce Illnesses of the Mind

    Recently studies have shown that older people that dance on a regular basis have decreased incidences of Dementia and this includes Alzheimers disease.

    Those that danced three or four times a week reduced their chances of Dementia by almost 80 percent. Other exercises were used in the trials such as walking and cycling. However these did have a preventative affect as dance has.

    However there are many factors that come into play when it comes to these results. For example people who are depressed often tend to get Dementia and dance has the tendency to brighten the dancer's mood. Thus, engaging in regular dancing has many positive outcomes for participants.

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    Dancing Benefits Much More Than the Mind

    The answer to the question how does dancing affect the mind is not simple. It is fair to say that engaging in dance helps the dancer in many ways. They are socially more content, physically fitter and mentally calmer. Dance is a fun fitness activity that offers many advantages to the dancer. Engaging in dance will improve your general well-being no matter what your goals are regarding participating in this exciting hobby.

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    References

    http://www.howtodancelikestar.com/how-does-dancing-affect-the-mind

    http://www.jewishaustralia.com/benefitsofdancing.htm