TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. — It’s National Dance Week! From Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga, Ginger Rogers to Baryshnikov, Center Stage to Step Up, the energy of dance is pervasive in the cultural consciousness.
Here are the top 5 health benefits of dance:
Flexibility is important for good health. Dance allows for a great amount of flexibility. Most dance classes begin with a warm-up including several stretching exercises . Dancers strive to achieve full range of motion for all the major muscle groups, becoming more flexible by simply dancing!
Strength is defined as the ability of a muscle to exert a force against resistance. Dancing builds strength by forcing the muscles to resist against a dancer's own body weight.
Dance is physical exercise. Exercise increases endurance. Endurance is the ability of muscles to work hard for increasingly longer periods of time without fatigue. Regular dancing is great for improving endurance, elevating the heart rate and building stamina.
4. Sense of Well-Being
Dancing is a social activity. Studies have shown that strong social ties and socializing with friends contribute to high self-esteem and a positive outlook. Dancing provides many opportunities to connect. Joining a dance class increases self-confidence and builds connections. Because physical activity reduces stress and tension, regular dancing gives an overall sense of well-being and energy!
Dancing opens us to our inner rhythm, connection to spirit within and without us. Practices such as conscious dance and 5 Rhythms allow us the freedom to explore “who we are, beat by beat” in a safe, contemplative and expressive environment.
The Tahoe/Truckee community has many opportunities for dance, from Zumba to Salsa, jazz to ballet, Hip Hop to conscious dance. InnerRhythms Dance Theatre offers a variety of classes for all ages and abilities in its beautiful 1,450 square-foot studio with a “sprung” floor in the Citizen’s Bank Plaza on Donner Pass Road in Truckee.
Visit InnerRhythms at www.innerrhythms.org and on Facebook or call 530-550-8464.
— Information adapted from Treva Bedinghaus, Guide to Dance, from About.com.