Neuroanatomy of Dance

Neuroanatomy of Dance

The science behind dancing is called neuroanatomy. When we hear a song, sound waves are transmitted to the cochlea in our inner ear. The cochlea transmits sound signals to the brain. At that time, you realize that music is playing. Signals also reach the thalamus, and that part of the brain gives you the feeling to enjoy the music and dance. The conscious mind helps you to dance after listening to the song. These signals are transmitted to different parts of the body in a coordinated or uncoordinated manner based on what type of dancer you are? 

Signals from cortex and muscles then go to the cerebellum to ensure that you don’t fall while dancing. If you have drunk and still dancing, then the signals to the cerebellum slow down, and chances of falling are high. Otherwise, there is no science behind the dance. It is the art and emotions that force people from different regions and boundaries to enjoy music. 

Neuroanatomy of Dance

Dance Movements Makes Us Healthier and Happier

Scientists have been studying the benefits of the dance. An article published by the Scientific American states that dancing can boost our self-esteem, fitness level, mood, and reduces stress. Below-given are some of the benefits of dance movements. 

  • Dance can improve body image
  • Researchers have shown different results about the impacts of dance on the body image. Some suggest that dancing can enhance body image, and some think that it reduces body image. Dance can help people of all sizes and shapes to cultivate a positive body and mind image.

    Dance can improve body image

    Some people have shared their stories of how dance changed their lives and connected them to GOD. Once you have established this connection, then you will be able to feel and heal the pain of body image issues. Dance can encourage people to love their bodies. 

  • Dance Enhances Social Bonding
  • Dancing in groups can help to establish bonds with different people. Dancing is a form of the communion of spirit, mind, and body with others. In most of the societies, dance is just reduced to a form of an exercise.

    Dance Enhances Social Bonding

    Dancing together can help us to build a connection. In dancing, there is no right or wrong way of moving. So people form a mini village and mini-community, where everyone lives and build a strong relationship. 

  • Dance Improves Brain Health
  • Dance helps to improve the brain health irrespective of the age. Research shows that frequent dancing can help to minimize the chances of dementia by up to 76%.  Moreover, dancing can increase cognitive acuity at all ages.

    Brain Health

    Be careful of better health, and all the dances are not created equal. Social or other freestyle dances require split decision making and complex coordination so that these social interactions can lead to mental acuity. Contemporary dance can be useful for improving cognitive flexibility. Some studies have also shown that dance can increase the memory and processing speed of the brain. 

  • More healthy-aging benefits of dance
  • Social dancing can protect you from illness and also counteract a decline in aging. Research indicates that four month’s dance class can significantly help older adults to boost their physical fitness and allow them to walk at faster speeds. 

    More healthy-aging benefits of dance

  • People suffering from Parkinson can get a mind-body boost
  • A study published in Winter 2017, dance can benefit people who have Parkinson’s disease. Dances have both physical and psychological benefits. Physical benefits can be better motor function, balance, and endurance.

    Parkinson Dance

    Psychological benefits are improvements in quality of life, artistic expression, mood, lower anxiety levels, and enhanced social interactions. People who have joined a dance class and suffering from Parkinson have said that dance helps to bring smiles on our faces. 

  • Dance enhances spiritual experiences
  • There will be two major differences between the genes of the dancers and other populations. One is serotonin transporter, and it controls the level of serotonin, and the second one is the brain transmitter.  Brain transmitter contributes mainly to the spiritual experiences along with other behavioral traits. 

  • It allows you to convert the emotional expression into art
  • Scientists have found it challenging to point out the emotional benefits of the dance. A journal published in 2015 has shown that dancers have higher levels of emotional competence. Dance can be the best way to express our feelings and emotions, and we covert our feelings into artistic expression. Dance can even touch our soul because through different movements, all the parts of the body come in contact. Dance can be the best healer, and it can remind us about our strengths and deepest truths. 

  • Dance have good impacts on cognitive health
  • Many studies have shown that exercise can help to preserve the cognitive functions in older adults. Dancing is considered to be the best exercise. According to recent research, dancing is a much better form of exercise than traditional fitness training. Dancing can help to slow down the signs of aging. Dancing requires a few mental challenges that help to improve cognitive health, such as:

    • Remembering dance steps
    • Executing all the turns correctly
    • Holding your partner correctly
    • Recognizing the music beat
    • Synchronize your dance moves with music

    Dancing has proven results of decreasing dementia. It can significantly improve the brain’s health. 

    Conclusion

    As we all know, dancing is the best way to keep your body in shape. It can help to improve muscle strength and endurance. We can say that dancing has lots of health benefits. Another good thing about dancing is, it is not just for fun now dancing is a source of fitness. Dance can help your mind and body to stay in shape. It is the best way to convert your feelings and emotions into artistic expression. Dance requires the involvement of mind, body, and emotional skills, so it is the best way to improve your overall health. Dancing is not a simple task, and it is considered a multi-tasking activity, so it reduces the signs of aging and improves cognitive health.  

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    Author: Sky Hoon
    Into Watching Tik Tok Dancing. He loved to watch creative Tik Tok Dancing that show a person's personality. Created this blog to learnt more about dancing.
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