Movement, music, and socializing are all well documented to enhance feelings of physical and mental well being. Partnership dances such as Salsa blend all these elements, making them a great tool for enhancing health.
DanceInTime has run team building programs at schools and offices that use Latin dancing. This is a fun way for people who work or study together to connect, and has a positive impact on cooperation and performance!
Dancers and athletes cultivate similar skills: speed, power, coordination, isolating muscles and keeping their weight forward on their feet for agility of movement. This makes dance training a perfect way to build team spirit, have fun, and enhance athletic skills that translate to success on the field!
Research shows that using the arts in academic subjects enhances learning at all grade levels and makes lessons fun as well! Bernstein has developed some programs that apply dancing to lessons in middle and upper school mathematics—as well as social studies, etc.
Read some fascinating research on dancing—including cross cultural differences in how people view Latin dancing, studies on how criminals choose people to victimize based on how they move, etc.!