Virtual Dance Classes Continue!

Dance has the power to lift your mood by giving you a happy boost. That magical combo of music, rhythm and movement all signal your brain’s good feeling signals (norepinephrine + serotonin + dopamine). So you can literally dance your way to a happier state of mind!

So does quarantine give you a case of the blues?  Join us Mondays and Wednesdays to kick, tap, shuffle and grapevine those negative feelings away.  You’ll thank us for those happy feet!

Classes are always free and geared toward anyone who has been diagnosed with a neurological disease (and their caregivers!). Subscribe to the mailing list for the latest schedule and class links.

Let’s Line Dance!

In order to keep grooving, you need to keep moving!

At Rx Ballroom Dance, we know a thing or two about the benefits of moving. In order to keep our physical coordination up, mental awareness sharp and emotional balance at a healthy level, we need to keep our dopamine flowing.

With everything going on in the world right now, do you need a little dopamine boost? We’re here for you.

Follow along to our Merengue or Salsa Line Dances! They are fun, easy to do and perfect for dancing from the comfort of your own home. It’s important that you keep your body moving and stimulate both the left and the right coordination centers in the brain.

So let’s get moving with these fun and easy dances!

Continue reading “Let’s Line Dance!”

Rx Ballroom Dance and COVID-19

Coronavirus is here and it’s changing the way we live our lives.

Here at Rx Ballroom Dance we are dedicated to ensuring all our participants are healthy and safe! So how do we accomplish this without being able to hold in-person classes?

If you haven’t heard by now, the Governor of California has put a temporary lock down on all non-essential businesses, including dance studios, prohibiting people from gathering for group classes. That means we will not be starting our Spring Session on March 23rd as we had hoped.

Even though we can’t start our Spring Session right away, we believe it’s still important to stay connected! We’ll be uploading videos from previous sessions soon, so you can review the dances and keep practicing from home. Participants will also receive emails and phone calls to keep in touch because we already miss you!

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY!

Follow directions for social distancing and keep practicing health and hygiene safety! The safer we are, the healthier we will all be! We can’t wait to see all of your faces again soon!

Happy New Year from Rx Ballroom Dance!

Happy Holidays and the Happiest New Year from the Rx Ballroom Dance Board of Directors!

Yes, that is the Chairman of the Board in a Santa Suit. 🎅😊❤️

Ready to start 2020 with a greater resolve to your brain health?

Rx Ballroom Dance classes begin Monday, January 13 at 11am at Londance Studios in Laguna Niguel, CA. To enroll, simply call (310) 938-1620 or email info@rxballroomdance.com to receive confirmation.

We will be learning Swing and Waltz this semester. Hope you join us!

Student Spotlight – Glenda

Meet our beautiful participant, Glenda!

Glenda has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and didn’t know about the beneficial power of Ballroom Dance until she visited her Neurologist’s office and learned about our program! Since enrolling, Glenda has improved her posture, her balance and her coordination! We’d like to think that we helped make that beautiful smile even brighter.

Our Late Fall Semester is about to wrap up and we’re having a party to celebrate! Come join us at Londance Studio at 27261 “J” La Paz Rd in Laguna Niguel, CA on December 18 at 7:45pm. We’ll be dancing the dances we learned over the last semester, hosting a silent auction to support classes in the new year, and having a great time! Hope to see you there!

Looking to make a charitable contribution before the end of the year? Consider supporting people like Glenda and making a donation to Rx Ballroom Dance today.

Give the gift of dance this holiday season!

Dance has the power to change lives. We’ve witnessed it and we’ve experienced it ourselves. Thanks to dance, we are healthier, physically and emotionally. It gives us joy. Dance keeps us young.

Over the last year, Rx Ballroom Dance has been privileged to be a vehicle for this positive change in people struggling with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Participants in our ballroom dance program are moving with increased strength and confidence, and bigger smiles. One regular participant, Dave, has been living with Parkinson’s for 22 years and has tried it all – general exercise, yoga, boxing, and now ballroom dancing. He said ballroom has made the biggest difference in improving his quality of life:

As someone who has dealt with Parkinson’s Disease for 22 years, I support Rx Ballroom Dance because I have experienced first hand the program’s benefits, both physically and mentally. It’s also a lot of fun!

Rx Ballroom Dance’s mission is to use ballroom dancing to preserve and enhance the quality of life in people like Dave who are confronting neurological conditions. Part of that mission includes offering our ballroom dance program to participants at no charge.

This is where we need you. We know the burden of health insurance and medication can be significant barriers to allowing an individual to get the care they need. We need your financial support so we may continue to offer our dance classes free of charge to those who truly need
them.

Diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimers and dementia are increasing in prevalence every year. Accepted allopathic therapies are extremely limited in their effect. Numerous clinical studies demonstrate the benefit of physical and mental exercise as hedges against aging and its afflictions. Dance in particular has proven to be an effective means of mobilizing patients physically, engaging them socially, and uplifting them emotionally.

Your donation will make a huge difference in the quality of a person’s life by opening the door to this power of dance. Because Rx Ballroom Dance operates with minimal overhead, monetary donations go directly toward providing group dance classes multiple times a week for our participants. The classes are specifically designed to address their conditions, with a focus on improving balance and coordination while having a great time in a social setting! To track our participants progress and ensure the classes are doing what they’re designed to do, we conduct periodic surveys to assess changes in participants’ physical, mental and emotional wellbeing both in class and in their daily lives outside of the dance studio.

Classes are underway, but we need your support moving into 2020. Your gift this season can provide the following for a member of Rx Ballroom Dance:

$25= 1 Class
$50= 1 Week of Classes
$200= 1 Month of Classes
$400= 1 Semester of Classes

You can donate easily right now by clicking here.

Hope for these participants lies in preserving their capacities by fully exercising them. There is no better way than dance. We know it and live by it, and with your help, they will as well.

Please join us in bringing them to the dance floor!

 

News Flash: Dancing Essential to Life

“Researchers identify exercise for optimal health of body and mind”

It’s so encouraging every time we see another article published about the seemingly endless benefits of dance. This particular one does a wonderful job of highlighting the positive physical, mental AND emotional effects that dancing can have on a person.

Read the full article at the link below, and then let’s dance!

https://www.mdlinx.com/internal-medicine/article/4088

Would you like to support a program that brings these tremendous benefits to people who truly need them, such as those suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s?  Consider making a donation today.

Another Successful Fundraiser!

Rx Ballroom Dance slays another fundraising night last week at the ever generous Londance Studio in Laguna Niguel, CA.

Because of competition gown, practice wear and shoe donations, we were able to auction off over $1700 worth of items to raise money towards ballroom dance classes for people with neurological disease! That’s nearly a full semester of classes fully funded!

Your donations have made the difference for:
1. Participants with Alzheimer’s gaining rhythmic coordination and confidence in speaking and socializing
2. Participants with Parkinson’s gaining better alignment, posture and balance
3. Caregivers being able to enjoy themselves and be directly involved in an activity that benefits both them and their loved one
4. Overall improvement in physical, mental and social/emotional growth by all!

Can’t donate right now? Consider volunteering and being a dance partner in one of our Rx Ballroom Dance classes! We would love to have your help. Contact us today.

Rx Ballroom Dance Late Fall Semester Begins October 28th!

It’s time for the 2nd semester of the Fall season and Rx Ballroom Dance is kicking it off with classes now offered two times a week:

Monday’s and Wednesday’s at 11am

Location: LonDance Dance Studio, Laguna Niguel, CA

Are you or someone you know struggling with neurological disease? Have you been diagnosed with the early onset of Alzheimer’s? Dementia? Parkinson’s? Are you recovering from a stroke?

Did you know that Ballroom dancing has been proven to be the #1 most effective activity you can do for your brain health? Research has proven that the coordination, balance, memory recall and socializing that ballroom dancing includes has no only shown to mitigate symptoms, but reverse symptoms in some patients!

So what are you waiting for? Cha cha your way to a better quality of life!

Enrollment is required before attending.

Classes are always free – we are a non profit 501(c)3.
Come with a partner or come alone, a partner is always provided!

Call (310) 938-1620 to enroll or email info@rxballroomdance.com.

Want to support or volunteer? Contact us.

Science Confirms: Dancing Makes You Happy

We don’t need science to tell us what we’ve known for ages, but it’s great to be able to welcome more and more of the scientific and medical communities to the dance floor, where studies are showing people consistently become happier and healthier!

This particular article from Psychology Spot points out:

“However, the magic of dancing can not simply be reduced to brain chemistry. Dancing is also a social activity that allows us connect with the others, share experiences and meet new people, which has a very positive effect on our mental health.”

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Read the full article here:

https://psychology-spot.com/dancing-makes-me-happy/

So what are you waiting for? If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a neurological disease, what better excuse other than to literally get happy?

Late Fall Semester starts October 28th and now includes Monday and Wednesday classes at 11am. Two times a week to get your brain healthy and your feet moving!