If you would like to have some fun while maintaining or improving your mental and physical well being then American Square Dancing is for you and White Rose Squares Harrogate is an excellent place to learn your dancing. The first thing that you will enjoy is the easy listening music with live vocals. The music encourages a carefree attitude, fills the dancers with positive energy, is a great benefit to the spirit and helps maintain a healthy brain and body.
A study in 2003 by Joe Verghese, a neurologist at Einstein College New York, showed that mentally challenging activities can significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Square dancing uses both sides of the brain 'cross lateral' which ensures that mental challenge thus helping to significantly lower the risk of dementia.
Square dancing is also a great benefit for your physical health. In 1994 the mayo Clinic produced a report that showed that dancing can burn as many calories as walking, swimming or cycling. It indicated that half an hour's dancing can burn between 200 and 400 calories and showed that square dancers can cover as much as five miles in a single evening. Regular square dancing can lead to a lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, improved cholesterol level and reduced weight.
Finally, square dancing is a very social activity. The rest time between dances allows time to get to know other dancers and to make new friends. These strong social ties contribute to good self-esteem and a positive outlook. So with all of these benefits why not come along to White Rose Squares and have a good time. If you live near Harrogate, or are visiting the area, we meet on a Sunday evening from 7.30 until 10.00 at Pannal Village Hall. Beginners are welcome and you do not need a partner so why not check out our Contact Us page and come along for some fun.
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