Dancing has made a big comeback with the senior crowd, whether its folk dancing with friends, or the boogaloo. According to seniors.com.au, dancing offers exhilaration and fitness to seniors with a minimum of effort.
There are exercise and social benefits of dance for seniors. It brings people together, even if it's watching others. Comfortable clothing and well fitting shoes are the starting point.
seniors.com.au recommended 7 dances for seniors.
1. Line Dancing
It's popular, easy to learn, and a partner is not necessary. The routines are excellent for memory training.
2. Tap dancing
It takes more energy than line dancing, but the fun comes from making lots of good, healthy noise.
3. Belly dancing
Belly dancing is an ancient dance form, popular in the Middle East, and now the West. It is a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise, suitable for all ages. It is a good exercise for the prevention of osteoporosis in older people. Belly dancing improves torso and spinal column flexibility.
4. Folk dancing
It's has always been popular, and includes many different types such as:
Folk Dancing can help seniors re-discover their cultural origins.
5. Rock and Roll
It remains a mainstay among Boomers, popular at classes and parties, and at competitions held in many locations.
6. Ballroom dancing
It remains an all-time favorite with seniors around the world. There are many styles:
- Slow Tango
- Fox Trot
7. Latin dancing
It's energetic and good for the cardiovascular. Current Latin dancing includes:
- Cha Cha
- Fast Tango