Archive for March, 2011

Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter

Posted on March 30th, 2011 by by Dany J

by Richard Powers

Dancing Makes you SmarterFor 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.

The 21-year study of senior citizens, 75 and older, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, funded by the National Institute on Aging, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Their method for objectively measuring mental acuity in aging was to monitor rates of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

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The study wanted to see if any physical or cognitive recreational activities influenced mental acuity. They discovered that some activities had a significant beneficial effect. Other activities had none.

They studied cognitive activities such as reading books, writing for pleasure, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards and playing musical instruments. And they studied physical activities like playing tennis or golf, swimming, bicycling, dancing, walking for exercise and doing housework.

One of the surprises of the study was that almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind. There was one important exception: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing.

Reading – 35% reduced risk of dementia

Bicycling and swimming – 0%

Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week – 47%

Playing golf – 0%

Dancing frequently – 76%.


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Learn to Dance Salsa in 8 Weeks: New Cycle Begins

Posted on March 17th, 2011 by by Dany J

Learn to Dance Salsa in 8 Weeks: Salsa in New JerseyWe are very excited to announce the new 8-week cycle of classes at the Scarlet Mambo Latin Dance Studio.

If you are looking to learn how to dance in a friendly, structured and consistent format, then this 8-week course is for you. It will meet on Mondays, starting April 4th.

Don’t wait any longer. This is your chance to finally get on the dance floor with confidence, style and flair. Register securely online via the Salsa Shop

Learn to Dance Salsa in 8 weeks.

Learn 25 Solo steps (shines) + Learn 10 Steps with a partner

The goal of this course is to give you the confidence to dance comfortably at the nightclub or at Salsa socials. Participants will learn all the necessary steps required to advance to the Level 2.

This course will teach you the fundamentals of Salsa, and give you a solid understanding of musicality and dance theory as it pertains to Salsa on2. You will learn how to listen to the timing of Salsa and dance properly on the beat of the music. We will demystify the elusive percussion rhythms of Latin musical instruments, like the conga and the clave.

Mondays at 8:00pm-9:30pm
Starts, Monday April 4th – through May 23rd

Latin Dance Studio
431 Raritan Avenue (2nd Floor)
Highland Park, New Jersey 08904

The cost is $97 for the 8-week cycle. That’s it, pay once and learn to dance!

The easiest way to register is online. It’s secure and it only takes 2 minutes.
Register securely online via the Salsa Shop

Or you can call 732.391.1110 to register or for more information.

Scarlet Mambo’s OPEN HOUSE: VIDEO

Posted on March 16th, 2011 by by Dany J

We would like to thank everyone that attended the OPEN HOUSE at the new Scarlet Mambo Latin Dance Studio. It definitely was success beyond any of our expectations and we were so glad to receive such positive feed back. We also want to thank all the Scarlet Mambo members that made this event possible.

Everyone keeps asking when is the next social, so please stay tuned for more details, because perhaps there will another social. In the meanwhile, please give us your feedback so we can improve in the future:

We would like to hear your feedback about the OPEN HOUSE!!! Leave a comment in the forum of the Facebook Fan Page of Scarlet Mambo (and please “LIKE” our fan while you are at it).

If you missed the OPEN HOUSE Salsa Social, please take a look at the video by Tricia Dougherty, one of most active supporters and fans.