Dancing makes you smarter...
Or at least ward off diseases, like dementia. As a CNA on a dementia unit, I can tell you what sort of dementia I do not want. I would rather be like the 'lil old lady talking about sex all the time than the "underwear digger" or the "I'm going to kill everyone in this room" dementia. And hey, if hoopdancing will help me ward off anything like dementia, sign me up please!
"One of the surprises of the study was that almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind. There was one important exception: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing.
Reading - 35% reduced risk of dementia
Bicycling and swimming - 0%
Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week - 47%
Playing golf - 0%
Dancing frequently - 76%.
That was the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical. "
Talk about them apples!