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!

Student Spotlight – Azi

Meet Simon and her mother “Azi”. Simon knew from recommendations of her doctors that getting her Mom out dancing was one of the healthiest she could do for Azi’s dementia. But private dance classes are expensive and, more importantly, Simon wanted to be there to support her Mom in class, not just stand by.

This is why Rx Ballroom Dance is different. After a few weeks of joining Rx Ballroom Dance classes, both Simon and Azi are loving every cha cha cha. Simon gets to be her mother’s dance partner, so Azi feels safe and relaxed. They both get to dance for the lesson and we can’t tell who is having more fun! Best of all, classes are free of charge so the financial restriction is never a problem.

These classes bring joy not only in to the lives of those affected by neurological disease, but their family members as well. A program built to foster connection, posture, balance and rhythm for participants and their families works.

Please consider supporting people like Azi by clicking here.

Student Spotlight – Eileen

Eileen and Patricia

Meet participant Eileen (left) and her friend Patricia (right). Eileen jokes that if someone is going to get diagnosed with something, she has already had it. A brain tumor, a stroke, dystonia and now breast cancer, she has a feisty fighting spirit! Eileen already knows what the other participants of Rx Ballroom Dance have figured out- if you want to keep your brain and body healthy, keep on dancing!

Eileen’s biggest obstacle continues to be her balance and coordination from the struggles with dystonia (involuntary muscle contractions). But Eileen is a fighter and is determined to get the steps correct. She gets the student of the week alert for amazing concentration and determination while working on her core and posture! Go Eileen!

Your support allows us to continue programming for amazing participants like Eileen. Since classes are free of charge, she doesn’t have to worry about any expenses as she fights the good fight for the health of her brain and body. Consider donating to continue providing classes to amazing women like Eileen.

Volunteer Spotlight – Curt

Curt and Lilian

Meet Curt Sheetz, our volunteer who has been with us since the first day of the 2019 Summer Session! Curt feels passionately about the program since his own family has a history of neurological disease. Since he and his wife take lessons regularly to learn how to dance, they know the power of learning new steps, dancing to the rhythm and learning how to do it together.

The best part about Curt volunteering is not just the dance steps- it’s the joy and energy he brings to every class. Participants report increases in perceived happiness and confidence in remembering directions and details. We have to think this has a little something to do with our fabulous volunteers!

Thinking of volunteering? You don’t need to know how to dance, we teach you step by step. It’s the friendly smile and patience that makes you the perfect candidate! Contact us today.

Can Dancing Prevent Dementia? (Spoiler Alert!)

The Wall Street Journal explores: Can Dancing Prevent Dementia?

https://dancealz.org/wall-street-journal-can-dancing-prevent-dementia/

Spoiler Alert!

Our organization is proof that dancing, in particular ballroom dancing, has a profound positive effect on the brain. In just 6 weeks, our summer session participants reported:

1. Increase in perceived happiness
2. Increase in social interaction
3. Increase in ability to recall directions
4. Increase in confidence to recall details

Multiple studies through organizations and universities have shown how ballroom dancing specifically works to prevent Dementia. What if there was a nonprofit organization that brings local classes and opportunities free of charge to combat this neurological disease?

Oh, wait a minute, there is!

Rx Ballroom Dance represents a new way of thinking about brain health. Please help us grow and expand to provide classes to even more people who could benefit from the healthy holistic qualities of ballroom dance.

Donate today.

Student Spotlight – Lilian

Step by step, day by day, consistency is key.

Our rockstar Lillian has never missed a class and has shown incredible growth! A great grandmother of seven, she has no intention of letting Parkinson’s disease slow her down! With the help of her volunteer partner Curt, Lillian’s speed, coordination, balance and reaction time has skyrocketed in just four short weeks!

Additionally, Lillian loved the waltz but hasn’t danced it in decades. Dancing the beautiful waltz every week and surrounded by participants who also love to dance is an absolute highlight!

Can you help make a difference in someone’s life? Consider volunteering or donating today. Classes are always completely free for participants.

Student Spotlight – Dave

I met Dave at a Rock Steady Boxing class (boxing classes for people with Parkinson’s) and he was already an extremely active and proactive guy! After trying a little salsa and cha cha he made the decision that the Rx Ballroom Dance Program was the perfect activity to add to his already busy schedule of keeping his brain healthy.

Even though Dave is very active, he struggles with the same thing most Parkinson’s patients struggle with: the disease robs the brain of dopamine and getting the left and right coordination centers going first thing in the morning can be slow and challenging. During our cha cha, he would consistently lament: “my brain understands but my feet aren’t listening!” But in our class, we don’t hold back!

Within three weeks, we learned several patterns including syncopation, forward and back movement, side to side as well as rotation. Wouldn’t you know…Dave’s feet that weren’t listening at first now cha-cha-cha with greater ease and rhythm.

We are thrilled to see such great progress with each and every one of our participants. Will you be next?

Contact us to find out about how to enroll in our Rx Ballroom Dance classes. You can also volunteer like our pictured Sylvia or donate to help our cause.

Student Spotlight – Rick

Meet Rick and his wife Rosie! Rick was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and the pair found out about Rx Ballroom Dance classes at a Parkinson’s support group meeting. The two admitted they never knew about the benefits of ballroom dance until they took their first cha cha cha.

The road isn’t always smooth. On their first day, Rick struggled with “freezing”- a common struggle for people with Parkinson’s. Just three weeks later, Rick no longer has freezing and can syncopate the rhythm in his feet with ease! Not to mention, Rick and Rosie are smiling, laughing and breaking a sweat!

Interested in learning how you can improve your mind, body and spirit with ballroom dance? Contact us today!

All of Rx Ballroom Dance classes are 100% free to participants. Please consider supporting our program with a donation.

Volunteer Spotlight – Sylvia

Sylvia Thompson is a positive, patient, energetic dance enthusiast! She has a passion for salsa dancing and you can find her at any local dance event shaking her groove thing!

Sylvia is the perfect volunteer partner at Rx Ballroom Dance because she brings her love of dancing to participants who might be nervous or scared to try dancing with a partner. If you’ve been diagnosed with a neurological disease, there is a strong chance you also struggle with anxiety or depression. A friendly face who is kind and caring goes a long way!

So what are you waiting for? Thinking of volunteering with an organization where you can directly impact someone’s overall health and wellness? Sign up today.

Don’t have the time to volunteer? Still want to make a difference? Donate here.

Student Spotlight – Alan

This is Alan and he has been to every class during our Rx Ballroom Dance summer session. Alan has been diagnosed with severe Alzheimer’s and struggles to remember basic information. Additionally the disease has robbed him of his normal speech patterns so regular social conversations can seem frustrating and hard to carry on.

The first day I met him, he was embarrassed about his perceived disabilities. But Alan loves to dance. He just lost his confidence to be in regular social situations.

Ballroom dance accesses new neural pathways to build new motor function skills. Alan couldn’t remember my name, but he remembered the merengue without needing any review. He couldn’t remember his birthday, but he waltzed for over 5 minutes without ever once missing a step. He sang along to the music. He experienced joy. This class was not about his disability. It was about enhancing the quality of his life.

Six weeks later and Alan has seen improvement in balance, coordination and his overall ability to remember directions. It did not happen in a day, but consistent practice and showing up every week has made a huge difference.

Your support gave Alan this opportunity. Thank you to everyone who has donated, volunteered and contributed to make a difference.

Fall program starts Monday, August 5th and we can’t wait for our new group of Fall students to experience the prescription of Rx Ballroom Dance!