The many great benefits of Argentine tango dancing

How an over 100 years old social dance can still today bring many benefits to your social life, body and mind?

Dancing in general can bring glorious benefits to people of any age and dance abilities and according to the Better Health Magazine the list of these is quite large, here are just some:

  • improved condition of your heart and lungs
  • increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
  • increased aerobic fitness
  • improved muscle tone and strength
  • weight management
  • stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • better coordination, agility and flexibility
  • improved balance and spatial awareness
  • increased physical confidence
  • improved mental functioning
  • improved general and psychological wellbeing
  • greater body awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem
  • better social skills.

Tango improves your body posture, body mobility, balance, stride length and core strength.

Dancing the Argentine Tango (AT) bring to our life all the above benefits as well as other dances do but why it has taken the attention of many scientist researchers as no other dance?

As an improvised dance form the AT has a unique variety of moves and steps for changing of directions with diverse dynamics; these tasks involve precision, balance and postural control as well as movement initiation-termination while turning-moving in close proximity to another individual. 

Many studies referring for example to the Parkinson decease have recognised AT for its therapeutic potential as it makes fine connections between the body’s motor skills and the neuromuscular system, helping people to gain refined muscular effort activity. It is through repetition of movements that the neuromuscular patterns are reorganized optimising its efficiency and expressivity and this is what precisely occurs during the Tango’s walks: In the Argentine Tango couples move in sync through space with confidence, fluidity, grace and attitude.

As a cultural expression the AT also expands your sense of social connectedness, meeting people of different cultures and walks of life, this alone can be very beneficial to expand/enrich your social life. It is for certain a dance like no other, yes it can be perceived as a challenging social dance but it is truly rewarding, a joyful, sophisticated skill you can take with you for the rest of your life, so why no start your tango classes today?

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