As we grow older we suffer a decline in mental and physical fitness, which can be made worse by conditions like Alzheimer's disease. A new study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, shows that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain, and dancing has the most profound effect.
You’ve heard it before, and it’s true: we learn by doing. But we also learn by watching. Whether it’s a salsa teacher running through a dance sequence, a tennis coach demonstrating proper serving technique or a science professor conducting a dissection in front of the class, observing an expert at work is an opportunity to hone our own skills. This is especially true in the case of motor movements, and research in neuroscience is beginning to show why: when we watch someone else’s motions, the parts of the brain that direct our own physical movements are activated. Observation accelerates the learning process because our brains are able to map others’ actions onto our own mental representations, making them more detailed and more accurate. Using brain scans, scientists are figuring out how this process works — and how we can make the most of what we see.
Dancers want to be successful in class. We want the same thing! From a young age, dancers should embrace studio etiquette in order to have the best possible class experience. Here are a few tips to make sure your dancer is getting the most out of their classes.
Timing is everything. Dancers should arrive shortly before their class with enough time to get shoes on, personal items put away and ready to dance. For younger children, arriving too early can use up their patience before class begins. For older dancers, they should have time to prepare their bodies for whatever class they are entering.
Dress for success. Come dressed for the style that you are dancing in.
Some people are just innately born with traits and abilities that allow them to do magnificent things. Whether you’re a dancer, visual artist, musician, or in a completely different type of industry, different characteristics and skills provide certain people with the ability to accelerate in their particular field, almost effortlessly because of certain intrinsic features. If you’re wondering whether you possess the traits that make a great dancer, here are some of the highlighted ones to recognise.
Motivation & Determination
What motivates you? Is it the idea of becoming the dancer you’ve dreamed of