“The health benefits derived from African dance go far beyond the gratification you get from dancing for relaxation or celebration. African dance is grounding–it brings you down to earth and that is the first realization of knowing where you stand. You learn how to relate your whole self, body and soul, to Mother Earth, that which supports you. You dance to the beat of a drum, obeying the natural law of being in rhythm. And in doing so, you arrive at a place where you are in total control of yourself.” Baba Olatunji, Master African Drummer and Dance Instructor
Through African Dance we return to our innate natural rhythms, our heartbeat and the primal pulse of all of life, our Mother Earth.
General Benefits of Dance:
Improves the heart and cardiovascular system, enlarges lung capacity, burns calories, increases the good cholesterol levels, controls blood sugar, strengthens the bones and retards the aging process of body and mind.
14 Specific Benefits of african dance:
1. relieves stress by raising our endorphin levels. This in turn boosts immunity and can help heal depression.
2.relieves insomnia: helps sleep longer and deeper
3. prevents osteoporosis: by increasing bone strength.
4.improves circulation: boasting heart performance
5. prevent arthritis: keeps joints lubricated
6. weight management – dancing burns calories, while improves stamina. It is estimated that dance burns anywhere from 5 to 10 calories per minute depending on speed and intensity.
7. cholesterol control: aids in lipid control, which raises our HDL (good cholesterol), and lowers our LDL (bad cholesterol).
8. blood sugar control: aids in controlling or preventing diabetes
9. improves the overall health of the heart and lungs: increased oxygen from aerobic exercise
10. improves co-ordination, balance, agility and spacial awareness
11. muscle endurance and strength
12. improves body – mind connection
13. improves our memory by making us recall steps, routines and dance patterns making it a great mental exercise for our brains (prevention of Alzheimer’s disease)
14. improves our social life : while giving us the opportunity to make new friends to help us grow, make us laugh and support us as we learn.
and soooo many more!
“Everything in the universe dances. Everything has rhythm” – Maya Angelou