Swing Dance: Best For Body, Mind & Soul

Swing dancing is not only an outstanding opportunity to get your body moving, your
heart pumping and your mind engaged, it's also a lot of fun. As a partner dance, it
allows you to connect with others in ways that freestyle dancing never could. Best of


Date added to ADN: Tuesday, Apr 01 2014
Originally Published: Tuesday, Apr 01 2014
By Linda Freeman

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Swing dancing is not only an outstanding opportunity to get your body moving, your heart pumping and your mind engaged, it's also a lot of fun. As a partner dance, it allows you to connect with others in ways that freestyle dancing never could. Best of all, it's an activity you can begin at any age and enjoy for the rest of your life.

Plus, when you swing dance you can...

1. Expand your social life. Whether you are new to the area, or entering a new phase in your life, dancing is an excellent way to meet people and form a new circle of friends. Unlike dancing at a bar or even at a singles' dance, you will find that the focus at a swing dance is on dancing and having fun rather than on "picking up" others.

2. Improve your health. Dance is a weight-bearing exercise and will help build andmaintain your bones. When practiced routinely, swing dancing combines acardiovascular workout with toning, muscle control and endurance training. It alsoimproves your balance and flexibility. According to www.caloriesperhour.com, amiddle-aged woman would burn 294 calories doing the jitterbug for one hour (ascompared to 184 calories doing the foxtrot, a ballroom dance).Click here to calculate based on your age.

3. Enhance your relationship. It's no secret that couples who play together are morelikely to stay together. So why use up your precious date night sitting passively sideby side at a movie theatre when you can swing dance with your honey?

4. Stimulate your brain. Remembering dance steps is a great brain stimulator. In arecent study on ageing conducted by the Albert Einstein Center in the Bronx, dancingwas the only regular physical activity associated with a significant decrease in theincidence of dementia including Alzhiemers Disease. (New England Journal ofMedicine, 2003) Click here to read more about the anti-ageing effects of dancing.

5. Reduce stress. When you are dancing, you have to be in "the moment", it'simpossible to dance while thinking about your "To Do" list or personal issues.

6. Increase your energy. A night of swing dancing releases an internal shower ofuplifting endorphins. Plus, dancing energizes you by getting you out of the house, intothe community and interacting with people.


About the Author:

Linda Freeman is a professional swing dance instructor, writer and yoga teacher. In 2004 she gave up her corporate life to form GOT2LINDY DANCE STUDIOS with her husband and they've spread the joy of swing dance ever since!

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