The World Is My Dance Floor




The World is your Dance Floor.... The World is OUR Dance Floor

You can find a dance floor everywhere - a park, your kitchen, the base of the Spanish steps in Rome

Dancing has amazing health benefits - physically, mentally and emotionally   

Dancing is great for fitness, weight loss, mental acuity, balance, social interaction, etc.

My mission is to get as many people dancing as possible by showing them how to go from sitting on the couch to the dance floor in 30 minutes!

Watch The Swing Dancer Video Here

Mar 08

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

By Tom Roeder | Updates

Ever since their movie debut in “The Swingers”, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been the number one swing band for over 20 years now.

Their style, their look, their sound always leaves audiences wanting more.  Their powerful upbeat swing sound has people jumping up from their seats to get moving on the dance floor.

This is Scotty Morris, the lead singer and leader of the band.  All the members of the band are so engaging with the audience during a show and make time afterwards to talk with fans and take photos.  

To find out more about Big  Bad Voodoo Daddy visit http://bbvd.com

Feb 28

Dance at any age or size

By Tom Roeder | Updates

I often get comments from people who tell me that they feel too old or too big to dance. 

You are never too old or too big to dance.   

Dancing is movement, and our bodies are meant for movement.  Dancing elevates feelings of happiness and joy, which are essential to our feeling and staying young.

Check out this amazing youtube video and see how fantastic the gentleman looks!

 

Feb 12

Dancing may be the best way to lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.  

By Tom Roeder | Updates

Alzheimer’s is rapidly on the rise in the USA and worldwide, the public needs to know what activities might help lessen the risk of developing the disease.   In a 21 year study, it was discovered that people who did social dancing on a regular basis, had a 76% reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s.  The next best activity was crossword puzzles with a 47% reduced risk.
 
The important fact to note is that people need to focus on improving the cognitive acuity starting in the their 40’s and 50’s, while their neural pathways are still fully intact and create new neural pathways.  The reason dancing is so effective at creating new neural pathways is that dancing involves the physical, mental and emotional.  In dancing, you go forward, backward, sideways, up, down, spin, turn, all kinds of directions.  This combination challenges and stimulates your brain.
 
Not only is dancing fun, it is also great for your physical and mental health.
 
Feb 10

Dancing is vital to improving your cognitive acuity

By Tom Roeder | Updates

The physical, mental and emotional elements of dancing are the best method of creating new neural pathways in our brains.
 
Why is that important?  
 
As we age, we lose neural pathways that connect to our memories.  It not only important to stay physically active through out our lives, good nutrition, healthy body weight, but also to stay mentally active, take a class, crossword puzzles, learn to play an instrument.  
Dancing combines the best of physical and mental activities, and tops it off with the emotional connection to the music and experience of dancing.
 
Studies have shown that dancing reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 76%.  
That is an incredible percentage.  
 
You don’t have to dance for hours each day, however to dance for 30-60 minutes, a couple times a week can be very beneficial to you.
 
Source: https://socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/smarter.htm
Nov 15

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – How Dance Can Help

By Tom Roeder | Updates

 How to Reduce Your Risk and Keep Your Brain Healthy – Dance

Another great article on the benefits of dance and keeping your brain healthy

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/alzheimers-dementia/alzheimers-and-dementia-prevention.htm

This article suggests the pillars of reducing your risks are:

  1. Get 150 minutes or more of exercise each week
  2. Connect face to face with supportive friends and family—don’t isolate yourself
  3. Add brain-boosting omega-3 fats—such as salmon—to your diet
  4. Learn something new and unfamiliar to create new brain pathways
  5. Get the sleep you need. Take daytime naps if insomnia is a problem.
  6. Explore a variety of relaxation activities—find what feels good to you

What experiences do you have to share? Comment below

Nov 15

The Best Means of Avoiding Alzheimer’s Is Dance?

By Tom Roeder | Updates

We’ve heard it many times before but here’s a great article and the benefits of dance!

http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/16525/1/The-Best-Means-of-Avoiding-Alzheimers-Is-Dance.html

Why would dancing have such a profound effect on aging brains?

The theory proposed by Dr. Verghese and his fellow researchers is that social dance is an activity that activates and takes advantage of our brains’ neuroplasticity. That is, according to Dr. Joseph Coyle, a commentator on the study, “The cerebral cortex and hippocampus, which are critical to these activities [greater cognitive reserve and increased complexity of neuronal synapses], are remarkably plastic, and they rewire themselves based upon their use.”