This holiday season, give the gift of dance! Toys and trinkets will be lost and forgotten in no time at all, but dance is a life-long journey. Dance is good for the mind, body and soul, so give the gift that has inherent value and is sure to bring your loved one great joy.
Nothing is more precious than watching young children jump up and down with excitement as they unwrap their gifts. This year, that fun won’t stop after the holidays are over. Dance is a fun year-round activity and is terrific for child development!
According to the National Dance Education Organization, dance can help your child’s physical, emotional and cognitive development. Dance requires a wide range of movement that can enhance coordination, increase flexibility and contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Not to mention, dance also allows kids a chance to socialize and express themselves.
Dancing is not just for the young, it’s also for the young at heart! Adults can also greatly benefit from dancing lessons – it’s a fantastic de-stressor and can improve your overall health. Stress, when left unchecked, can lead to a wide array of health problems including mental instability, high blood pressure, obesity and even heart disease. By engaging in a fun recreational activity such as dance, stress can more easily be managed.
Finally, there’s no age limit on dancing! We encourage the older folks to join in the fun, as well! According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, dancing regularly can slow, or prevent, the effects of dementia. Dancing, particularly improvisation, is emotionally, physically and mentally stimulating and will help keep your mind sharp for years to come.
There is a dance class perfect for everyone in your life, no matter their age. To find a studio near you, visit FredAstaire.com.