Two recent studies show how dancing blends cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory held in the brain. Through regular aerobics or dancing, which incorporates some type of dance at least once a week, anyone can maximize his or her brain function.
Music stimulates the brain’s reward centers, while dance activates its sensory and motor circuits.
An article in Scientific American Magazine outlined trials, using PET imaging, which have identified regions of the brain that contribute to dance learning and performance. These regions include the motor cortex, somatosensory cortex, basal ganglia, and cerebellum.
To outline how beneficial this is on a practical level. The motor cortex is involved in the planning, control, and execution of voluntary movement. The somatosensory cortex, located in the mid region of the brain, is responsible for motor control and also plays a role in eye-hand coordination. The basal ganglia, a group of structures deep in the brain, work with other brain regions to smoothly coordinate movement, while the cerebellum integrates input from the brain and spinal cord and helps in the planning of fine and complex motor actions and movement.
Beyond all this science, making dancing and movement fun will make you some buddies, and gets you out and about. Those without the confidence to go to many social gatherings may find it less challenging to join a dance class, have a laugh and to not take yourself too seriously.
So make the Magic happen and get those toes twinkling