The fact that dancing is beneficial for our health has been proven by numerous scientific studies, which not only acknowledges its benefits as a physical activity, but also its important contribution to our mental and emotional health. People who dance not only improve their aerobic capacity, agility, balance, muscle endurance, strength and flexibility, but also prevent premature ageing of the brain and are much happier.

1. Dancing is a healthy-heart exercise

Like any other aerobic activity, dancing is an excellent way to get our heart in shape. It is a highly recommended activity for people with high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol or diabetes. Especially in dances that require a great deal of energy, such as zumba or contemporary, funky and jazz dances.   What if we also told you that some dances like the waltz and other ballroom dances have been shown in patients with chronic heart failure to significantly improve their heart problems as much as other typical aerobic exercises?

2. Dancing is a natural antidepressant

Taking dance classes, apart from being fun, is a natural anti-depressant for our body. By getting out of the house and interacting with other people, we combat loneliness and shyness, and at the same time we keep stress at bay. And even Harvard experts have concluded that dancing increases levels of serotonin, the so-called ” well-being hormone “. The need to learn the dance steps and adjust your rhythmic coordination are key to developing these benefits. Therefore, dancing also improves our mood and makes us feel good and, unlike medicines, it has no side effects or contraindications, except in those cases where there is an injury or restriction in the practice of exercise, in which other activities such as Yoga or Pilates are more advisable.    

3. Dancing as a group improves our social skills

Group flamenco dance classes, like the ones we teach at El Lucero, also benefit our social relationships. In these classes, we develop skills such as tolerance, patience and how to adapt to other people so that the choreography goes well and we don’t lose the rhythm.

 

This makes dancing a highly recommendable exercise from early childhood.

 

 

 

Taking pre-dance classes (from 3 to 5 years old), ballet, flamenco or zumba classes for children, is not only a good after-school activity, but also a good investment in our children’s happiness and the development of their social skills.

4. Dancing, the brain’s best ally

Dancing is a fast-paced activity that requires quick responses. For this reason, it is a good activity for maintaining and improving intelligence and even reduces the chances of having dementia by 76%, which makes it highly recommendable at any age. Moreover, in each dance class you will learn new steps. This learning helps you to build different neuronal pathways that are essential for the information to reach our brain and memorise things. So, the more steps you learn, the more mental gymnastics you will do and the better your memory will be. If you want to exercise your mind even more, why don’t you learn to play the flamenco guitar or the cajón? Two very Spanish instruments that stimulate the memory. They are the perfect complement to dance classes.

5. Dances like flamenco improve your coordination

One of the special features of dance is that it forces both parts of the brain (the right and left hemispheres) to work at the same time, since we need it to be able to coordinate our arms and legs. There are dances, such as flamenco, where arms and legs do not always move in the same direction or at the same speed, and learning to dance them is a beneficial exercise for the brain, which improves our coordination. This is especially the case if we are talking about learning to dance sevillanas, where the rhythm of the music makes us move our arms and legs very quickly; or the bolero school, a style of Spanish dance that combines ballet movements in which turns and jumps are a constant feature.      

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