Am I Too Old to Dance?
Check out the video below of beautiful, 107-year-old Virginia McLaurin smiling, dancing and full of joy and then ask yourself that question again. What an inspiration! The happiness she radiates and the smiles we all share with her as we watch her throw up her hands and dance is a true testament to the benefits of dancing. Dancing and moving to the sound of music is a beautiful way to relieve stress, boost your spirits and improve your overall health.
I Can’t Dance
Yes, you can! There are many different styles of dancing, making it an enjoyable, heart-healthy activity for people of all ages and with different conditions. Your loved one can even dance in a wheelchair. There are very few limits to experiencing this engaging and rewarding activity.
The Benefits of Dancing
The coordinated aerobic movements of dancing benefit the mind as well as the body. It is a low-impact activity, and gets you up and moving, often in a social setting. In addition to reducing stress, improving your mood, and providing a relaxing break from your daily activities, dancing can provide the following health benefits:
- Improve posture and balance
- Increase stamina
- Increases blood flow & heart rate
- Reduce muscle tension
- Strengthen bones
Where Can I Shake My Groove Thing?
Nashville offers plenty of great options for anyone to get out and have a great time dancing – many of them are low cost or even FREE!
What: Big Band Dances
When: Saturdays starting in June 7-10 p.m. through August 26
Where: Centennial Park Event Shelter
Who: All ages and no dancing experience required
What: The Dance Division of the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation currently offers classes in ballet, pointe, Afro-Caribbean, creative movement, contemporary modern, hip-hop, tap and theater dance. Offered at minimal cost to participants, classes are taught for children, teens, adults, and senior citizens.
When: Schedule is updated Quarterly
- Centennial Performing Arts Studios (CPAS)
- McCabe Park Community Center
- Sevier Park Community Center
- Hadley Park Community Center
Who: Adult classes are open to the community and suitable for adults of all ages and teens ages 15 and up.
Cost: Varies but low cost per class
What: Dancing With Parkinson’s – Dance Division of Metro Board of Parks and Rec partners with the Center for Excellence at Vanderbilt to offer dance and movement classes for people with Parkinson’s and their caretakers. Dancing with Parkinson’s is sponsored in full by Friends of Metro Dance.
When: Dancing with Parkinson’s is offered on Fridays, 1-2:30 p.m. The spring session begins April 27 and ends June 1.
Where: Centennial Performing Arts Studios – 211 27th Avenue North in Centennial Park
Who: People with Parkinson’s and their caretakers
What: Variety of types of dance classes offered by FiftyFoward
When: Schedules vary according to center and class type – check a center near you to see what is offered
Where: FiftyForward operates seven centers in Davidson and Williamson counties
Who: Anyone age 50 and older
Cost: Annual dues of $120 offer you access to a huge variety of classes, programs, and clubs
As with any new exercise routine, it is important to check with your doctor and healthcare team before engaging in new exercises and activities. Let’s all take a moment today, dance and reap the benefits of moving to the beat!