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Kicking It Up Keeps It Real

Whether it is the music that makes us want to dance or the dance that makes the music come alive, dancing does a body and soul good! When I hear a great song and beat, I'm off spinning around. Most of you are already on-board with this concept and are kicking up a storm of your own, both at home and virtually online.

At this particular time in America, with the pandemic looming over us at every turn; it is particularly good to find activities we can engage in. What makes us feel good as well as provide exercise for our body - dance! It is a no-brainer for ballroom dancers to keep dancing with or without a live studio or a competitive event! A fun thing to do is to find tunes that really speak to you and start making up your own routines! When we engage in physical activity we are doing much more than moving our bodies and keeping them in shape. Dancing is tried and true life force movement full of positive attributes.

Not only do ballroom dancers look like they are in terrific shape, it has been proven that their brains are too! The memory channels in the brain become sharpened. Gray matter increases, thus promoting better motor control. Better motor control allows the hemispheres of the brain to react quicker. Science is continually finding out that prominent physical and mental acuity can potentially ward off anxiety and depression in the brain. Also, there has been advancement in techniques that aid in healing Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. By using dance, it not only wakes up the body but the psyche too!

When we dance, we use body expression to lift our heart spirit and we naturally release endorphins that make us feel centered. It feels so good to release tension and allow our troubles to be set free! As we strengthen our muscles and our posture improves, we embrace more spontaneity and creativity. Adding in a smile with a fantastic rhythmical beat almost guarantees, we can handle anything the world throws at us in a much calmer way!

Until we all meet again at our beloved competitions, let us all keep it real. Keep your body strong, your spirits uplifted and your heads held high. Most importantly, keep those feet, legs, and arms moving - there's a lot of great music out there to inspire you!

****We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado. We call these memorial contributions. Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner. Make a donation and give us their name. We have on our website a yellow brick road to engrave their name to a brick as a memorial to that person. This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

Thought Of The Week:

It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to has power over you - Leon Brown


Science Of Mind June 2020/The Healing Nature of Dance

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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website

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