I just noticed on the Ausdance website a recent study that shows dancing improves your cognitive capacity. Benefits include; stress reduction, increased seratonin levels (happy hormones) and increased sense of well being. Furthermore, the study goes on to say that regular dancing can reduce your chances of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. How many more reasons do we need to get along to class!
How wonderful to see the benefits of dance captured and confirmed by in an academic study by Richard Powers of Stanford University.
The link to the report summary is below:
ps. the article refers to being able to make "split second raid fire decisions" as being particularly beneficial. The improvisational nature of tribal style bellydance fills this role very capably as we lead and follow with no set choreography and adapt to the music instantaneously.