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Remembering dance-step sequences isn’t always easy, but health experts say it’s worth the effort.

That’s because dancing is a good workout for the mind as well as the body, according to Ingo Froboese, head of the Centre for Health Through Sport and Exercise at the German Sport University (DSHS) in Cologne.

Studies have shown, for example, that taking a dance course for half a year can increase alertness and mental flexibility, Froboese says.

Dancing regularly improves memory and lowers the risk of dementia, making it an ideal activity for older people.

It also hones their sense of balance, and thereby guards against dangerous falls.

Dancing is a mood booster too, Froboese adds.

Dance course participants literally come into contact with others and make new acquaintances.

While they glide across the floor, their bodies release the “happiness hormones” dopamine and endorphins – assuming, of course, that they like the music. (dpa)

#NeueThoughts

We here at Neue got in touch with Caro Ramlee of Soul Industry @soulindustryco, a dance studio located in Kiulap, to hear her thoughts about this.

Caro Ramlee (left) and Ak Hanif of Soul Industry. (Photo provided by Caro)

According to her, dance can be a vessel to express your emotions.

“In dance, we explore and create movements with our body,” she told Lance Thoo, the Digital Editor of Neue on Tuesday noon.

“Most of the time we don’t know what our bodies are capable of. That said, I’m proud to say that dance can improve one’s confidence and self-live. I sincerely believe that this is what everyone needs in this day and age,” she added.

So why give your physical (and mental) health a boost by signing up for one of the many classes available from Soul Industry?

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