Dance Your Way To Better Brain Functioning- 5 Unexpected Benefits of Dancing Tango

Dancing is so much more than just a way to be active!

A Better Brain

Dancing helps not only your body, but your brain as well. According to a study published earlier this year in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, scientists have found that dancing was linked to an improvement in the integrity of white matter in the brains of older adults! Just like the connective tissue in other parts of the body, white matter (which acts as the brain’s connective tissue) degrades as we age, which can cause memory problems later in life. 

With Matthew Keating during the A2 Tango Weekend
PC: Stella Hao Photography

 

Cultivate Meaningful Relationships

To me, dancing tango is so much more than just dancing. I am grateful everyday for the friendships that I have made throughout the years. Sometimes we even see each other twice a day if you think about it… When I started dancing tango I was having a lot of fun as a ballet dancer trying something new. Now, I think of these people as family. As our society becomes more isolating I am so lucky to have found such a wonderful community! 

Grateful for the support on and off of the dance floor!

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Lower Screen Time 

I love that I can easily spend 4+ hours not looking at my phone while I am dancing. This is definitely an unintended brain and eyeball benefit I did not see coming. 

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PC: Stella Hao Photography

The World Becomes Smaller

As you travel for tango and make friends along the way, the world becomes a little smaller. Not only are you traveling with a universal language (dance) there is always a chance that a friend (or a friend of friend) lives in the area you are traveling to! 

Improve Strength, Flexibility, and Balance 

Although this may not seem “unexpected,” every style of dance has movements that are repetitive. By changing styles you may find yourself acquiring strength and flexibility in different areas than you were used to. 

So the next time you question if you’re dancing too much just remember it’s for your brain health after all! 😉

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