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Tracy Ciccone Performing Arts
(401) 826-5599
Coventry, RI
 
Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
(401) 461-5487
Cranston, RI
 
Twinkle Toes Dance Studio
(401) 433-4300
Riverside, RI
 
Traveling Theatre
(401) 749-9810
Providence, RI
 
Dance Workshop
(401) 353-0640
Providence, RI
 
Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
(401) 275-4900
Cranston, RI
 
Jo-ann's Dance Studio
(401) 433-4671
Riverside, RI
 
Shannon's Studio Of Dance
(401) 253-2212
Bristol, RI
 
Ocean State Twirling Studio
(508) 272-5299
East Providence, RI
 
QQS Publications
(401) 331-1400
Providence, RI
 

Let's Dance!

I don’t know but I’ve been told, If you keep on dancin’ you’ll never grow old…
—Steve Miller Band

By Lauren Tepper

April 2007

I’m an addict. I can’t help it. Dance keeps me in shape, challenges my mind, enables me to express myself creatively and connects me to others. Though some telltale gray hairs provide a reality check, I still feel like a kid most of the time. Has dancing kept me young? Probably. Recruiting the faculties of body, mind, self-expression and social interaction all at once, dance has a unique combination of potent anti-aging properties.

That’s all icing on the cake for me. What keeps me hooked is that dance makes me feel more alive. Medical advances increase the average American lifespan, but doing something you feel passionate about makes a longer life worth living. Those who pursue their passions have more energy and vibrancy as they age; they almost seem to glow. So if dancing floats your boat, you’re in luck—because dance is about as close to the legendary fountain of youth as you can get with any one activity.

Sashay Your Way to Longevity

Research is scientifically illustrating what dancers have instinctively known since the first primal drumbeats compelled us to move with rhythm: Dancing turns back the clock both physically and mentally. Associate Professor Barbara Resnick at the University of Maryland School of Nursing linked dance to significant improvements in balance, flexibility, cardio-respiratory endurance and bone density in her 2003 study Elders Urged to ‘Dance to Your Heart’s Content.’ “Although the long-term physical benefits of dance are certainly of value, for many older adults, the immediate psychological benefit of exercise is even more important,” she writes. Social dancing in particular, such as ballroom or line dancing, “can result in increased communication, social engagement and positive feelings”—all of which add up to a more youthful outlook on life.

Dance for Life

Whether you’re doing the rhumba, foxtrot or hustle, supplementation can help with dance’s demands on body and mind. OK, so maybe doing a James Brown-style split is out of the question, but even the simplest dance moves still require flexibility. Glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM have all been shown to keep joints and ligaments lubricated and supple, for smooth dips, turns and twists; while black cherry helps reduce the joint inflammation that may follow dancing the night away. The Russian herb rhodiola is a powerful stamina-booster—perfect for maintaining energy during a dance marathon. And memory-enhancing ginkgo biloba can help you recall complex footwork—so you can do a quickstep without stepping on your partner’s toes. Stay limber, energetic and sharp, and you can dance for life!

Ballroom dancing takes center stage for keeping the mind sharp, according to a study by Einstein College of Medicine published in the June 2003 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers found that of all physical a...

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