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While I’ve called the Northwest my home for decades, my home town lies in the big woods of Minnesota.  It’s a town small enough that Friday night mean dance night and dance nights are crowded with people from 2 to 102.  The single nursing home in town also holds dances and people all over the community, whether they have loved ones in the nursing home or not, show up to dance.  In Tacoma, where I live now, the two city senior centers had to cut out dances when the city cut their funding down to the bone a couple years ago but if you look around a bit you can still find a few places to cut a rug.  Why the interest in dancing?  There are a lot of benefits to dancing.  You might say it’s painless therapy.  Here’s a story on the benefits of dancing.

Studies show that dancing can keep you flexible, reduce stress, help you develop friendships, provide a purpose and lose weight, improve your heart and lungs, build stronger bones, improve mental functioning and the list goes on…and on.

A 2003 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that “leisure activities, reading, playing board games, playing musical instruments, and dancing were associated with a reduced risk of dementia.”

With reality shows like Dancing with the Stars, there’s an increased interest in dancing.  Rather than watching other people have all the fun, why not get out and join the fun?

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