Dancing is taking over the world -from impromptu dance stunts on the streets and subways to TV shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “America’s Best Dance Crew”, there isn’t a single person in the world who isn’t dreaming of taking to the dance floor. Amongst these shows is one that stands out due to the mere fact that they came first. Eleven seasons in and “Dancing with the Stars” is still drawing in crowds everywhere.
Dancing can be magical and transforming. It can breathe new life into a tired soul; make a spirit soar; unleash locked-away creativity; unite generations and cultures; inspire new romances or rekindle old ones; trigger long-forgotten memories; and turn sadness into joy, if only during the dance.
Like other moderate, low-impact, weight bearing activities, such as brisk walking, cycling or aerobics, dancing can help:
For hundreds of years dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we’ve seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being.
Then most recently we’ve heard of another benefit: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. A major study added to the growing evidence that stimuLating one’s mind can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit.
From high society weddings to fashion magazines, formal ball gowns and skirts have returned to haute couture and Hollywood. Not surprisingly, these fashions have also returned to mainstream American wardrobes.
“The nature of our organization gives us a remarkable, in-depth close up look at America,” said John Kimmins, Vice President & Director of Dance at Arthur Murray International. “We know on a personal level where Americans are regarding dance, dress, and social recreation. And we have watched the return of ballgowns in the dance studios and in many of the affairs that our students attend.”