Brain Beat Dance Canada Seniors Association (BBDCSA) is a registered Not-For-Profit organization in Canada.
Through special dance teaching methods and beautiful music, Brain Beat Dance Canada Seniors Association (BBDCSA) aims to allow participants to enhance physical strength and brain health, as well as to relieve stress and depression.
Benefits of Brain Beat Dance
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. 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 years ago or even in childhood. BBD strengthens short-term, remote and long term memory. When the members learn a BBD, they learn its dance language, dance steps within a short time with a specific teaching method. That helps improving 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 and entertainment. 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. 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 music with exercise boosts 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”.
Research has found that building social networks is important in reducing the risk of dementia. The dance involves changing partners so one has the opportunity to dance with different people. The Brain Beat Dance Canada Seniors 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.