Benefits of Dance

Dance for Exercise

Dance Doctors offers the highest quality dance instruction as an alternative to exercise in the Tyler, TX area. If you are tired of walking mile after mile, try dancing to some funky beats.

Benefits To Dancing For Exercise:

  • Fun Way to burn calories
  • Help with rehabilitation
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
  • Helps build muscles
  • Easiest aerobic exercise

Studies have shown that dancing burns anywhere from 200 to 400 calories and is the easiest aerobic exercise.  It also helps with rehabilitation and flexibility.

Dance Articles

Go Ahead- Dance with the Stars

“Bored with walking? Try waltzing! A recent Italian study found that ballroom dancing can improve heart function in heart disease patients. ‘Dancing is fun.  It lifts your spirits and it’s got heart-health benefits,’ says Jennifer Mieres, M.D., director of nuclear cardiology and associate professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine. ‘Partnering with your spouse or a friend just extends those benefits to your loved ones.’”
-Woman’s Day magazine

Dance Your Way to Better Health

“Dancing can improve balance and increase mobility among seniors, which in turn can cut the risk of falls and limit costly injuries that often result, two studies show.  ‘Among seniors that stand up and move during sessions, we found that dance therapy can increase their walking speed and balance, which are two major risk factors for falling,’ says Jean Krampe, a registered nurse and doctoral student in the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri.’”
– article in a Dallas paper on 4/20/10

Step Off the Treadmill

In a study of heart patients, waltzing improved heart and lung function as much as cycling or using a treadmill- and the dancing lifted spirits far more than conventional aerobic workouts.  But you can’t just do a leisurely spin.  For this study, participants alternated fast an slow waltzes for about 20 minutes, three times a week.  Another bonus: you’re much more likely to stick with an appealing workout like waltzing than you are with one that bores you.  Like the treadmill.”
-Good Housekeeping 2007

Dance Facts

  • As an aerobic exercise, dance benefits your cardiovascular system as you swing and sway from hips to shoulders
  • Dance increases your flexibility and stamina
  • Dancing encourages gentle stretching
  • Dance is considered to be one of the top five physical activities out of 60 studied
  • Dance contributes to good posture and body alignment
  • Olympic athletes often include dance in their training to sharpen their control, agility, speed, and balance
  • Some doctors recommend thirty minutes of dance three times a week
  • Dance contributes to increased personal confidence

Taken from Spark People 2007

“And while it’s easy to zone out on the treadmill for thirty minutes without paying attention to the sensations in your body, dancing is different because it stimulates your mind during the entire session.  You have to pay attention to your steps at all times and anticipate your next move, which keeps your connected to your body the entire time, without getting bored.  This mental connection may be just what you need to stay sharp into your senior years too.  A 21-year study of senior citizens, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that frequent dancing offered the greatest protection against dementia- a phenomenal 76% reduction in risk as compared to other physical activities like golf.”

“if you’re looking for improve your health and fitness level, a wide variety of dance styles can do the trick.  From belly dance (which we don’t offer) to square dance, ballet (which we don’t offer) to ballroom, and salsa to swing, you can get a fun aerobic workout that also offers the following benefits:

  • Stronger bones
  • Greater endurance and stamina
  • Stress relief
  • More flexibility
  • Better posture
  • Improved balance
  • Total body toning
  • Enhanced weight loss
  • Cardiovascular benefits
  • Reduced back pain
  • Calorie burn (hourly average for a 150-pound person):
    • Ballroom (265)
    • Salsa (400)
    • Square dancing (300)
    • Swing (280)
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Dance for Seniors

Dance Doctors also offers the highest quality dance for seniors in the Tyler, TX area. There are many benefits to dancing for Senior Citizens. It can help keep them alert and their brains active. It also helps them continue socializing after retirement which could prevent depression. 

Benefits to Dance for Seniors:

  • Increases balance and control
  • Increases bone mass
  • Keeps the brain active


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