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The idea for Dance in Transit started two years ago with several guerilla dance attacks on skytrain platforms and trains and outside stations. We played music and danced and tried to encourage passersby to participate. In a city as reserved as Vancouver and a country as cautious as Canada, this was no small feat. We […]
For centuries, dance manuals and other writings have raved about the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we’ve seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being. Most recently we’ve heard of another benefit: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. A major study […]
Why dancing? We immediately ask two questions: Why is dancing better than other activities for improving mental capabilities? Does this mean all kinds of dancing, or is one kind of dancing better than another? The essence of intelligence is making decisions. The best advice, when it comes to improving your mental acuity, is to involve yourself […]
Who benefits more, women or men? In social dancing, the Follow role automatically gains a benefit, by making hundreds of split-second decisions as to what to do next, sometimes unconsciously so. Women don’t simply follow, they interpret the signals their partners are giving them, and this requires intelligence and decision-making, which is active, not passive. […]
It’s also a good workout. In addition to unleashing creativity, dance is a way to alleviate daily stresses and bring happiness to those who embrace it. Dance is an escape from reality; you can lose yourself in the music & movement. It’s never too late to benefit from dancing, and you don’t have to be a professional to reap its rewards. Enrolling in […]