Why dance tango?
Build balance and brain power...with dancing!
Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Dance may have been around as long as mankind has been in existence. People have danced as part religious rituals and celebrations and it can be traced as far back as prehistoric times.
Dancing has been shown to increase balance and steadiness and hence reduces the risk for falls. Recently however, dancing has been shown that it's not only great exercise for the body, but that it's also great exercise for your brain.
Researchers at McGill University in Montreal conducted a study with a group of seniors between the ages of 62- 90 years of age. They examined the effects of Argentine Tango on balance and the aging brain.
They discovered that the intricate footwork required to perform the tango, not only significantly improved balance and agility, but it also boosted brain power! Compared to a control group of "walkers", the tango dancers showed greater improvement in balance, posture and motor coordination and there were marked cognitive gains. Participants scored higher on several complex memory tasks and were more efficient at multi tasking.
Tango dancing according to the researchers, is beneficial to older adults because many of the same elements in tango are found in a standard neurological rehab program.
This is great news for older adults who are looking for a fun and social activity that will benefit them both physically and mentally. So grab a partner and get to it, because after all, it takes "two to tango"!
Information for this article has been provided by Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc., where dancing is just one of the regular activities in their trademarked Wellness & Vitality? program.
© The Vancouver Sun 2007
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A special place to enjoy Saturday-night tango and meet people from the Vancouver's argentine tango community.
Milonga places in Buenos Aires
15:00 to 22:00 - Salon La Argentina/ El Arranque at Bartolome Mitre 1759 (our most favorite milonga, meeting the local milongueros/ milongueras in their 70's, especially being invited to dance with Osvaldo and Coca)
21:00 to 4:00 - Club Gricel at La Rioja 1180 (the best dance floor, but extremely crowded) read more...
Comme il Faut - Arenales 1239 Puerta 3 Dpto. M (1061) - Tango shoes for women (You don't get to see their entire stock; their staff will pick for you based on what you describe, so be prepared)
Tango Leike - Sarmiento 1947 - Exquisite men shoes (shoes in the front, clothing at the back. Cash only for the clothing.) read more...
Escuela Argentina de Tango at Galleria Pacific, Centro Cultural Borges Recommendations:
1. Alejandro Figliolo and Valeria Inarra
2. Demian Garcia and Laura De Altube read more...
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