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Brain Beat Dance (BBD) was originally introduced by Ms. Rainbow Yuen from Germany to Canada in 2003. Ms. Rainbow Yuen  has been a senior instructor for Senior Dance in Germany,  European historical dance chorographer, child creative dance theater teacher. Brain Beat Dance was developed from traditional dances such as ballroom and folk dance from various countries using famous music from all parts of the world. Designed with specific teaching system, it allows a member to learn a dance with ease.  The specially designed teaching steps help to stimulate the brain to improve concentration, body coordination and short term memory.   Brain Beat Dance will enrich our lives with mental stimulation, physical exercise, music and social interactions with others.


Tucker Sutherland, editor of Senior Journal mentioned that mental stimulation is one of nine easy steps to fight age-related memory loss.  Brainy activities stimulate new connections between nerves cells and may even help the brain to generate new cells. In the brain, information is stored in both short-term and long-term memory. Short-term memory may include the name of a person you just met moments ago, while long-term memory includes information of things which may have happened a few years ago or even in childhood.  BBD strengthens short-term, remote and long term memory. When the members learn the BBD, they learn a new dance language and dance steps. With a specific teaching method, they can learn a dance in a short time.  Moreover, it also helps improve short-term and long-term memory.


Physical exercise, including cardiovascular and stretching exercise, increases blood flow to the whole body including the brain which is responsible for thought. It also spurs the development of new nerve cells. According to researcher at the University of Illinois, improving fitness can boost the thinking ability of aging adults and helps to decrease cognitive decline.


Music is an art, entertainment or other human activity which involves audible sound.  Musical ability is a set of abilities such as rhythm, pitch and others.  Music activates the parts of brain stimulated by other pleasurable activities likes eating chocolate. The neurotransmitters ,serotonin and dopamine, thought to be involved in mood regulation are also involved.  Thus, music can serve to improve mood and make people happy.
Charles Emery, a professor of psychology at Ohio State University performed a study which suggests that a little music with exercise boots brain power.  He said, “listening to music may influence cognitive function through different pathways in the brain.  The combination of music and exercise may stimulate and increase cognitive arousal while helping to organize cognitive output”.  When I teach BBD, I find that the members enjoy dancing with music more than without.  The enjoyment from their faces and the movement while dancing is much better than without music.


Research has found that building social networks is important in reducing the risk of dementia. One study linked frequent social interactions with a 42% reduction in dementia risk.  If one has a lack of community involvement and infrequent contact with family and friends in later life, one’s risk of dementia may increase.  People come to learn BBD once a week it provides an environment to meet new people and increase social life.  The dance involves changing partners so one has the opportunity to dance with different people. The Brain Beat Dance Canada Senior Association (BBDCSA) also arranges some parties each year where different groups come together to dance and perform. Doing a performance increases self-esteem, self-image and self-awareness, especially in seniors.


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