While you may be aware of the physical benefits of dancing, perhaps you didn’t know that it has an even more beneficial effect on your brain.Dancing improves brain function in many ways, according to a recent article published in Psychology Today. For one, regular dancing and steady practice can help ‘train’ the brain against dizziness. But learning dance steps, going through the moves slowly and then performing them over and over, also affects cognitive learning. Both mastering a sequence of dance steps and then repeating them requires a deep level of concentration.
Dancing can also help eliminate depression more than aerobic exercise or listening to music can. An article in Women’s Health Magazine cites a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine that considered 11 different physical activities. Researchers found that dancers have a sharper mind and are at a lower risk of developing brain disease in the long term than non-dancers. Dancing was the only activity of the 11 studied that lowered the risk of dementia by at least 76 percent.