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Frequent Dancing Provides Protection against Dementia and Alzheimer's


November 5, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Dance Sport Assistant Professor, and “Look Who’s Dancing” Director, Hannah Cole. A report from the “Alzheimer’s Project Journal” in 2012 states that for centuries dancing has been known to be a very beneficial activity for good health, stress reduction and a sense of well-being. The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City conducted a 21-year study of senior citizens and found that “the only physical activity to offer 76% protection against dementia and Alzheimer’s was frequent dancing.”

Cole says we are all looking for outlets in health and exercise that are also fun. Locally, nine couples will be having fun, performing for the 8th season of the “Look Who’s Dancing” competition at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, November 8th at NMSU’s Pan American Center in Las Cruces. She explains that “Look Who’s Dancing is a community dance event that pairs NMSU Dance Sport students with local community celebrities. Over a 12-week period of time, the dance sport professionals train local celebrities in two different dances they will perform on stage to compete for the prized mirror ball trophies.” .” It is a non-profit event which supports NMSU DanceSport in representing NMSU and the Las Cruces community at regional and national dance competitions.

To find out more on how you too can learn to ballroom dance, become smarter, and ward off dementia, visit “Look Who’s Dancing” on Facebook. For tickets call (575)646-4067. 20% of all proceeds go to fund dance student scholarships.