Feel it in your heart
And feel it in your soul
Let the music take control.
‘All night long’, sang Lionel Richie in the 1980s. Not a problem for young people, but those who have to go to work again fresh and cheerful the next morning should think twice before staying up all night. Unless the rat race of life suddenly comes to a halt, and you find yourself at home indefinitely, whether you like it or not. Dancing can then be the ideal outlet for excess energy and the perfect way to keep your spirits up.
Various studies have already been conducted into the effect of dancing on human psychology. For example, at the University of Derby, depressed people received salsa lessons for 9 weeks. After four weeks they started to feel better and afterwards they said they had fewer negative thoughts, could concentrate better and felt calmer and more peaceful. It is logical if you know that while dancing endorphins are released in our brains. That so-called happiness hormone arouses feelings of comfort, relaxation, pleasure and vigour.
But dancing is not only therapeutic, it also has a very positive effect on our daily life. An Australian study showed that people who dance are not only happier, but are also generally more satisfied with their lives, relationships, health and the goals they have achieved over the years.
In addition, when we move, our muscles relax to the music, allowing us to release daily tensions, especially deep muscle tension.
‘Without music, life would be a mistake,’ said Nietzsche. And he was right because we have a natural instinct to follow the rhythm of music. At VIAGE we have always known that. In our ten-year history, we have already organised various dance parties, from salsa to tango evenings to Brazilian Carnival. In future there will certainly be a lot more to follow and that is why we would like to encourage you to practice all your dance moves now.
Why not organise a Brazilian Night (or Day) at home? With your partner, your kids and all your other housemates, get the dressing-up box down from the loft and put on the most colourful and ornate clothes you can find. Mix a delicious cocktail and/or mocktail, put some tasty snacks somewhere safe and dance, dance, dance. It does not matter whether it is samba, salsa or the tango, as long as you move. Don’t think, enjoy the rhythm, the movement and each other, all night long.