Miami Valley folk dancers hope to introduce others to dance at the upcoming Balkan Dance Workshop with instructor Michael Ginsburg July 30-31 at the Michael Solomon Pavilion in Dayton. Ginsburg has been teaching Balkan folk dance around the world for 55 years.
“It’s a rookie-friendly event and you don’t need a partner,” Hyll said. “It will be a lot of fun.”
Fun is just one of the many benefits of dancing, especially for older people – most active club members are in their 50s and 80s. Dancing has been shown to positively impact balance, flexibility, muscle function, and overall strength.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dancing also has cognitive benefits for older adults, as a CDC-funded study showed improved memory, attention, and concentration in participants. And then there is the social aspect.
“Friendships and camaraderie are so important to me, and I exercise,” said longtime Miami Valley Folk Dancers member Dolores Brooks. “It’s good for my overall health and well-being.”
Brooks began dancing with the club in her late 40s and working full time. The impact of the courses was noticeable.
“Sometimes I was so tired after work, but being at the dance just energized me,” she said. “It had a miraculous effect on my energy level.”
After nearly three decades with the Miami Valley Folk Dancers, Brooks is still excited to put on her dancing shoes.
“Most of us like to learn new dances, it’s fun to learn new things,” she said. “And I love music and learning about different cultures.”
The upcoming workshop isn’t the only opportunity to hit the dance floor with the Miami Valley Folk Dancers. They offer weekly Thursday night dances for beginners and experienced dancers. For more information, visit www.miamivalleyfolkdancers.org.
Balkan dance workshop
What: Balkan dance workshop sponsored by the Miami Valley Folk Dancers with instructor Michael Ginsburg. Participants can register for individual sessions or for the whole weekend.
When: Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31
Where: Michael Solomon Pavilion, 2917 Berkley St. (Community Golf Course), Dayton
More info: Visit www.miamivalleyfolkdancers.org.