Dance Therapy: Latin/Salsa dancing
Monday: 6pm - 7pm
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that social dancing reduces the feeling of stress, increases energy levels, improves muscle tone and can even improve an individual’s coordination. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has also found that social dancing can lead to lower risks of heart disease, decrease blood pressure and assist people in managing their weight.
Physical benefits of Latin dance include an increased body awareness, cardiovascular endurance, muscle toning, and even bone strength.
Mental benefits from Latin dance include memory improvement, increased self esteem, and stress relief. Memorizing steps and being able to recall them from week to week is a great way to improve memory. People who Latin dance often have higher self esteem because they feel comfortable with their bodies and how the body moves. It brings many people increased confidence outside of the dance class. Lastly, listening to the beat of the music and dancing is a stress relief for many participants when they are able to let go and forget some of their everyday worries. Even if the class is for an hour or two, it can have positive effects on the mind.