Forever Young: Defying Age with Dance

 “Dancing is a key component to what has become
commonly referred to as successful aging…”
(Photo courtesy of Stardust Dance Productions at 
Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa)
At some point in life, we all find ourselves analyzing those fine lines around our eyes or noticing that the morning aches and pains are lasting a little bit longer than they did last year.  It’s at this point in our lives that we are faced with the reality that we are all just part of an aging society.  Sometimes this reality is met with a resigned acceptance.  Other times it’s met with a shudder of disbelief and a little cosmetic surgery.  
Regardless of which category you fall under, the reality of feeling younger, having more energy and living a longer and more healthful life can be found on the dance floor!   
Just the other day, my sister told me that you don’t stop dancing because you grow old – you grow old because you stopped dancing.  This is possibly the most profoundly accurate pearl of wisdom she has ever shared with me.  So why is dancing so important to longevity?
According to Linda Gilberg, President/Owner of Stardust Dance Productions, “Dancing is a key component to what has become commonly referred to as successful aging for various reasons.”

1. Dance IS Exercise.  Every time you get out on the dance floor you are strengthening your muscles and 
increasing the amount of blood and oxygen flowing to both the brain and heart.
2. Improved Diet.  A healthy diet seems to be the next natural step for those participating in regular physical activities like dancing.
3. Social Interaction.  Staying socially active, whether via dance lessons or social groups that focus on dancing, helps to reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.  It can also stave off depression, dementia and even Alzheimer’s. 
4. Dancing is a Workout for Your Brain.  We’ve all heard the phrase “if you don’t use it, you lose it”.  Well, the same holds true for your brain’s cognitive function.  Luckily, learning new dance steps and routines stimulates the brain; keeping those synapses firing!
For those interested in achieving a more energetic and healthful life, check out Stardust Dance Productions Fall Latin Festival, September 12-14, 2014 at Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa.  With over 50 dance workshops to choose from you’re sure to put your best foot forward.  From Salsa to Swing, Bolero to Belly Dancing, a stellar dance experience awaits you!
For more information call 1-800.537.2797.