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Worried About Memory Loss? Pick up your Dancing Shoes!
Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain.
Physical exercise has an anti-aging effect on the hippocampus region of the brain — an area that controls memory, learning and balance. A recent study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience has found dance classes can prevent and reverse some signs of aging in the brain!
The 18- month study looked at seniors with an average age of 68 and placed them in either a group challenged with dance routines or a group challenged with repetitive endurance exercise such as cycling.
The dance routines contained many challenges and changes every session including changes in steps, arm patterns, speeds, choreograph and genres.
The older adults who participated dance exercise experienced an increase in the hippocampus volume as well as an improvement in their balance. This is very significant because the hippocampus is the earliest and most severely affected brain structure in individuals with dementia. It is a brain area that is responsible for not only memory and learning but also for keeping one’s balance.
This study has since generated a lot of popular articles and videos over the past 12 months, but there is one particular video available on YouTube is that is of special interest, since, along with dancers from all over the world, it includes a short clip of some VBDS Members of long-standing. The brief footage of VBDS Members in the YouTube video was taken a number of years ago, in the downstairs Dance Studio at Saanich Commonwealth Place, as part of a pilot for a TV series.
We hope you can share this with your family and friends and spread the good word!
It’s never too late to pick up those dancing shoes!
You’re Our Fuel!!
Your Victoria Ballroom Dance Society runs on the energy and dedication of Volunteers… people just like you, people who love to dance and who bring other skills from the rest of their lives. Frankly, we’re a fun bunch!! Here are a couple of opportunities; come join us!!!
If we’re lucky enough to get your help with our Membership Committee, you’ll be advising your board on ways to enhance the membership’s experience with VBDS. Some of the ways we’ll do that include but are not limited to:
- Assisting with Class Registrations and Ballroom Introductions
- Devising FUN ways to improve membership retention year to year
- Updating and maintaining our Membership and contact information list
Interested? You can contact our membership committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you choose to volunteer for the Dance Committee, you’ll be an important part of advising the board on matters relating to FUN!… also known as: dances sponsored by VBDS. As a part of a team, you will have the opportunity to share your ideas and use your creative talents to:
- help organize the Monthly Dances
- coordinate the music, and
- help organize the next New Year’s Dance
Interested? You can contact our dance committee at: email@example.com
Elegant Standard: The Foxtrot
Because of its smoothness, it is often referred to as the Rolls Royce of the standard dances. It is what Fred and Ginger used to do so well. “The object of smooth dances is to move or travel smoothly around the room, covering as much of the dance floor as possible. The couple should be streamlined, two people moving as one, gliding fluidly and forcefully around the dance floor. Imagine a room filled with stiff whipped cream. The dancers’ goal is to move smoothly and powerfully through the cream, charting a clean path without disrupting any of the cream around them.” This is one of the best descriptions of our goal in smooth dancing. It is from the book, “ABC’s of Ballroom Dance”.
It is generally believed that a Vaudeville star by the name of Harry Fox began what today we call the Foxtrot. In the summer of 1914 Harry and his company of “American Beauties” put on a dancing act in the New York Theater. As part of his act, he was doing trotting steps to ragtime music, and people referred to this dance as “Fox’s Trot”. When the British dance masters imported this American ballroom dance to England, they smoothed away the trotting, hops and kicks to a much smoother version which has endured over the years.
Sizzling Latin: The Paso Doble
The origin of the Spanish-styled Paso Doble dance represents a bullfight, where the lead takes the role of the bullfighter, while the follow takes on the flare of the red cape of the toreador and not the bull, as often assumed. Together, the lead and follow move dramatically, often changing roles as they move around the imaginary bull, while they present flamenco elements and feature arena fights with stylized figures.
Its present form was created in France and since 1959 it has been one of the five dances of the Latin American program of international ballroom competition. In terms of its usefulness in your dance development, it is probably the best dance for your development of a strong and stylistic frame, one of the great challenges beyond learning your footwork.
Sensitivities to a wide variety of scents do vary, and we are often not aware of scents on clothing we are ourselves wearing — remember that these scents can linger on garments. The nature of our sport is that it requires close proximity and contact with others to work well, so please be particularly aware of this if you use scented products, or if you are a smoker. If possible, take the time to change to recently laundered clothes before you come dancing. And remember that good personal and oral hygiene is a simple way to show respect for other dancers.
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