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Dance Art Ctr
1112 2nd Ave W
Kalispell, MT
 
Dream Dancers Dance Studio
700 Sunset Boulevard
Kalispell, MT
 
Center Stage School Of Dance
(406) 755-0139
2306 Highway 2 E Kalispell
Kalispell, MT
 
Lapetit School Of Dance
207 7th St E
Columbia Fls, MT
 
Ashdance School Of Tap Ballet
2313 Houston Cir
Whitefish, MT
 
Dream Dancers
1108 S Main St
Kalispell, MT
 
Center Stage School Of Dance
1966 Whalebone Dr
Kalispell, MT
 
Carol Jakes-Owner
1411 1st Ave W
Kalispell, MT
 
University of the Nations Dance theater
P.O. Box 3000
Lakesdie, MT
 
Whitfish Dance & Acrobat Std
6475 US Highway 93 S
Whitefish, MT
 

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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