Have you ever gone to dance something that you knew you knew some time ago, but then found that you no longer did know?
It happened to me the other night, but that was certainly not the first time it had happened.
However, it occurred to me that even though I felt like a rusty tin man as I danced, it was probably good for me. This only occurred to me because at this time I was at a salsa night that started with a lesson on Forró. I had not danced Forró before and I was also a little rusty with my Salsa so you would think that it was challenging night.
However, it occurred to me that there was a benefit that was common to the two cases.
Learning the new dance and trying to recall the old dance really got the brain working. This is one of the greatest benefits of social dance. It makes you think in a way that is incredibly effective at exercising the brain to help decrease the chances al Alzheimer’s.
I have mentioned this before, but take a look at this to see how effective social dancing is at fighting Alzheimer’s.
The act of learning new steps is an important part of social dance. Relearning seems just as challenging as learning. So if you ever go to a dance event and find that you have forgotten how to dance a certain style, then it’s just a chance the practice learning again. This will make you better at learning other dances and other figures and it’s good for the brain.
So what’s the moral or this post?
Don’t be afraid to learn a new style at the risk of forgetting one you know. If you need to relearn the one you forget, then it is a chance to improve your dance learning ability. This will help you in all aspect of being a dance student. It will also be good for you brain.
Dancing can indeed be a lifelong learning task. No matter how good you get at one, there will be another one you can learn. By the time you get to the end, you can start all over again like a rusty tin man, which, as it turns out, is good for you!