"Sultry Swing" Dance Studio is located in the HEART of
Beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida! We are just 2.5 miles
off the Turnpike (Okeechobee Blvd exit) and just half a mile
off I-95 (Palm Beach Lakes Blvd exit). We are located on
the southeastern side of Palm Beach Lakes Blvd in the
"Professional Plaza" between Carabas and Rain-Dancer.
Sultry Swing is a gorgeous dance studio, filled with a unique
atmosphere that is second to none. It is a 2900 sq. ft. studio
with an 1800 sq. ft. dance floor. Come fall in love.
|2250 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, Suite 112
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
|Not sure where to start? Call us at (561) 676-9989 and we'll help you figure it out!
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|Welcome to the World of Ballroom Dancing
|"Why Ballroom Dancing is Good for You: Mentally and Physically"
A recent study at the Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University in Bronx showed that dancing reduced the risk of
dementia, a brain disorder that includes Alzheimer's disease affecting 6 to 7 million Americans over the age of 60. The result
of the research led by Dr. Joseph Verghese, assistant professor of neurology, was reported in the New England Journal of
Medicine in June 2003 (Vol. 348,pp 2508-16).
The research involved 469 men and women aged 75 and older, and the time span of 21 years that began in 1980. All
participants were screened at the start to ensure that they were free of dementia. The researchers studied lifestyle of each
participant to see if he or she engaged in some of the 6 cognitive activities (reading, writing, doing crossword puzzles, playing
musical instruments, taking part in group discussion, and playing board games) and 11 physical activities (dancing, numerous
sports, housework, and baby-sitting).
They followed the activities of each for an average of 5.1 years. Among the participants were 130 who danced frequently (3
or 4 times a week), 83 who swam frequently, 26 who bicycled frequently, and 19 who played games frequently. In the
period of study, 124 participants developed dementia: 61 Alzheimer's disease, 30 vascular dementia, 25 mixed dementia, and
8 other forms of dementia.
The results revealed that frequent cognitive activities reduced the risk of dementia. There was no big surprise there, for other
earlier studies indicated that much. The most surprising result was that, of all the physical activities, dancing was the only
activity that reduced the risk of dementia.
The frequency of activities was also an important factor. For example, those who danced 4 times a week showed 76
percent less incidence of dementia than those who did only once a week or not at all. Naturally, the more you dance the
greater the benefit you reap--as far as dementia is concerned.
What is so special about ballroom dancing? "Dance is not purely physical in many ways. It also requires a lot of mental
effort," says Dr. Verghese. Dancers follow complex steps and figures. You have to think about them and remember them.
Men have to think about what steps to do next and lead the women. And women have to follow the men, adapting to their
movement and to the precise beat of the music. So, dancing keeps your feet and brains on the ball. Dancers do not just move
on reflex. Dancing is a cognitive activity. It requires concentration and thus keeps your brain working harder and longer.
You cannot wear your brains out, scientists say. The more you use them the sharper they get. They are not like kitchen
knives that get dull with use. I used to tell my students. "If you struggle to solve a physics problem, that is when your
neurons multiply and grow." So, if you learn a new step or figure, and struggle to remember it, that will keep your brains
stimulated and working longer.
If you don't use your brain, you will lose it. For example, if you sit in front of a TV all day, it will not help. A few years ago
Dr. Robert Friedland reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that people who watch an excessive
amount of TV in old age ran a greater risk of Alzheimer's disease. Watching TV or slumbering in front of it does not take
This does not mean the physical part of the dancing is unimportant. Maintaining physical activities becomes all the more
important, as you get older.
Recent studies showed that physical and emotional benefits of dancing are countless. It is no secret that moderate exercise
and sensible eating habits are the key to keeping you trim and fit. Besides being a fun social activity, dancing is also an ideal,
low impact exercise and also a mild aerobic workout. It can reduce stress, tension, anxiety, and even depression. It increases
your confidence in social and business situations, and sharpens your control, agility, speed, and balance. It also increases
your flexibility and stamina, strengthens your bones and cardiovascular system, and helps you burn those excess calories.
Some studies indicated that a half hour of sustained dancing can burn as many as 200 to 400 calories. Twenty minutes of
dancing can provide as much exercise as 20 minutes of swimming or biking. If you are not sure, try 20 minutes of jitterbug,
samba, polka, quickstep or Viennese waltz.
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|Welcome to Sultry Swing Ballroom and Dance Studio!
Sultry Swing is Palm Beach County's HOME for Dance. We provide a fun,
friendly atmosphere for learning to dance; where you never need to bring a
partner! We teach just about all the dances including; traditional (Ballroom,
Latin, and Swing) and non-traditional (West Coast Swing, Salsa, Argentine
Tango, Hustle, & Country)! Our dance studio is owned and operated by John
Harris and his beautiful wife, Mary Jane, and is filled with amazing students
that share our love of dancing. The passion we have for dance is
unmistakable! Come and be a part of our dance family!