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I wrote the following to address ‘why’ you should dance. It’s all true, but I realize the most important benefit is that you gave yourself permission to dance. Dance, it’s going to be okay.

In a world focusing more and more on artificial intelligence and the internet, we see that dancing is the last bastion of human contact. Susannah and I have been dancing and teaching for almost 50 years combined. We have worked with people of all ages and backgrounds, and have witnessed the benefits of dancing to the body, mind and spirit. The positive synergy from dancing with another person is unlike any other activity.

Beyond a doubt, dancing keeps you physically and mentally fit as you work on technique and concentrate choreography. Dancing improves balance, increases stamina, and hones muscle isolation and control. It is a great way to stay in shape and a great supplement to your workout regimen.

On a more personal note, we are getting older. Literally, we are living longer, but not necessarily healthier. Taking the soul out of the conversation, we are left with mind, body, and spirit. Dancing exercises all three simultaneously. The brain has to remember the choreography and isolate and engage the body, which executes the action, requiring strength and stamina. The music, the union of others, and achievement uplifts the spirit. Fingers-crossed on your soul.