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Thanks for helping us Celebrate a great year of La Tangueria at DanceSport!


 

 

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Dancing the Argentine tango could have potential benefits for people at certain stages in the development of Parkinson's disease, according to findings in a new study that looked at changes in patients' motor abilities following a 12-week tango course, and is also the first study to assess the effect that tango has on non-motor symptoms.

 

 

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58 years - what took me so long? I've always loved to watch dancers, whether on the stage or dancing on the dance floor or outdoors. Dancing is visually beautiful - great dancers and dance performances are sculpture in motion. My own experience dancing though were very limited until 2 years ago.

Until I stepped into the DanceSport studios on the 4th Floor at 22 W. 34th Street in February 2013, I was too self-conscious to garner the courage take the group classes I needed to get rid of the two left feet I had on the dance floor. Fortunately, my two good friends, Pete and Kit started taking classes at DS the month before, raved about the place, and encouraged me to finally take the plunge and join them in learning how to dance. Now 2 years into the journey, I think I finally have some basic skills in dancing Swing, Salsa, Hustle, Foxtrot, Waltz, Zouk, etc., and after waiting 2 years I'm finally learning Tango. So, as long as you can walk, it's never too late to learn how to dance!

I didn't know how much fun taking dance classes and hanging out with the people at DanceSport would be. DS has become an important of my life... both for learning and social life. I look forward to going there in the evenings. It's a great place with great people. With its teachers, students, studios, bar and parties, it's a school, dance club and social club all in one place.

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Sitting with Paul Pellicoro, to interview him for this book on New York Tango, has been a unique and memorable experience.  First of all, I have known Paul Pellicoro since my first years learning partner dancing with my husband.  It was at Paul’s famous dance studio, Dancesport, where it all began.  My husband and I had always danced, but my husband wanted us to learn the lead and follow of partner dancing, so I wouldn’t be dancing all around him in my own solo improvisations, as I tended to do in the free style of rock dancing, which I did from the day we met in June 1980.  When disco came out in New York we didn’t have any place to dance, until we went away in the summer time.  We had no introduction to Hustle, which could be a creative way of engaging with disco music.  Then in 1997, I passed by a huge sign on the upper west side of Broadway, illustrating a man dancing with a woman whose head was practically on the ground.  Only the lady’s legs could be seen.  His leg was way up in a diagonal close to her head, and above the guy’s head.  Despite the angles of their postures, the man and woman were joined by their hands, and assuming the woman came back up to a standing position, she and her male partner would have been joined by an embrace.  I didn’t know that the couple in that dramatic pose was doing Argentine Tango.  I wouldn’t know that Argentine Tango existed for some time, but I did know that the words on the sign about the invitation to study Latin and Ballroom dancing were an opportunity that my husband and I had been waiting for. 

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For centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we've seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being.

 

Then most recently we've heard of another benefit: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one's mind can ward off Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit. Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages.

 

You may have heard about the New England Journal of Medicine report on the effects of recreational activities on mental acuity in aging. Here it is in a nutshell.
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