Do you often find yourself unconsciously moving or tapping your feet when listening to good, groovy music on your earphones?
Maybe you should try to get your groove on the dance floor, at least once.
Dancing is more than just an enjoyable activity to experience with friends or your partner. Dancing has ability to improve the way your brain functions. Here are few exciting things that dancing can do to your brain:
- Dancing can reduce the risk of dementia
Research has found that frequent dancing can influence mental acuity. People who dance regularly have greater cognitive reserves and increased complexity of neuronal synapses. These neural qualities, at the end, will lower the risk of dementia.
- Dancing can make you more intelligent
The essence of intelligence is making decisions. Thus, the best advice to improve your intelligence is to involve yourself in activities which require rapid decision making. Dancing is one of the activities that demands split-second rapid-fire decision making. Dancing integrates several brain functions at once—kinesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional—which further can increase your neural connectivity.
- Dancing slows down aging
As human gets older, brain cells die and synapses become weaker. Names of people, nouns, are harder to remember because there is only one neural pathway that leads to these stored information. That is why if human works on learning new things like dance, it will help to build different mental routes and many paths. So if one path is lost as a result of aging, you still have an alternative path that can be used to access stored information and memories.
- Dancing improves balance
If you suffer from dizziness, then making time in your schedule for any form of dance is a good way to address this problem. Dancing helps to improve the function of human cerebellum, which in turn may help to improve your balance and make you less dizzy. Just dance whatever dance you love, all will help for sure.
Now that you know the benefits of dancing for our health, let’s catch up with the last dance you did ages ago. Fortunately Jakarta has many dance schools and courses you can enroll in. These dance schools in Jakarta maybe will be your choice to master your favorite moves!
Steps Dance Academy
Ballet classes are open for your kiddos (3 and 4 years old) to adult classes. If you prefer modern contemporary class, you can also get your schedule here. Steps Dance Academy also opens other dance class such as hip hop (for juniors and teenagers), zumba fitness, belly dance, recreational hip-hop, salsa/tango, and yoga. If you don’t have any experience in dancing, don’t worry, the instructors will teach you from the very basic.
- Fx Sudirman 7th floor, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman 1220 Jakarta Pusat
Phone 021-25544454; or
- Art & Culture Edutainment Centre, Lotte Shopping Avenue
Jalan Prof Dr Satrio Kav 3-5, Jakarta Selatan
Marlupi is one of the oldest dance centers in Indonesia. It has ballet programs that were adapted from the UK’s Royal Academy of Dance and the Beijing Dance Academy. Marlupi also offers other classes for children to adults, such as jazz, hip-hop, contemporary dance, and fitness-oriented classes including Tae Bo, standing pilates, and cardio-dance.
- Jalan Anggur III No 1 Cipete Selatan, South Jakarta
- Jalan Bedugul 1A No 15, West Jakarta
- Komplek Ruko Gunung Sahari Permai, Jalan Gunung Sahari Raya No 60-63 Block C No 7, Central Jakarta
- Ruko Kebon Jeruk Permai, Jalan Kebun Jeruk Raya Blok C No 12, West Jakarta
- Kelapa Gading Sports Mall, Jalan Raya Kelapa Nias A 16, First floor, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta
Forever Dance Center
A sister company to Marlupi, Forever Dance Centre (FDC) offers the same programs and certifications as Marlupi. If you’re an avid fan of hip-hop and K-pop dance, this school might be the right place for you. This dance school also opens other classes such as ballet class (for baby, kids, teen, and adult), breakdance, and private class for students.
Pulomas Timur 2 No 116 Jakarta Timur
Flamingo Studio offers you with a wide variety of classes, such as Ballet, Modern Jazz, Tap Dance, Wushu, Latin Ballroom, and Acrobatique. The classes are open not only for kids but also for adults. The classes are also available in English and Bahasa Indonesia, so it is expat-friendly. On top of that, it has two branches that located in strategic area in Jakarta.
- Studio 1: Jalan Teluk Betung No. 40, Kebon Melati, Tanah Abang Jakarta Pusat
- Studio 2: Jalan Pakubuwono VI No. 6 (ICA School) Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Visit www.flamingstudio.net for more information about schedules and classes.
Jessica STAGE Dance School
Various dance classes are offered in Jessica STAGE Dance School ranging from kids (4 to 13 years old) to adults (14 years old and up). The classes for kids are including Hip Hop, Girlicious, and Breakdance. For adults, there are Hip Hop, Sexy Jazz, Bellydance, K-pop Dance, Breakdance, Popping, and Locking classes. What makes this dance school unique is that it offers you with Wedding Dance class—dance choreography made for special couple who want to dance on their wedding.
Tanjung Duren Raya No. 19 (across Bank Mega Tanjung Duren), Jakarta Barat
So, are you ready to move your body? Hop to the dance floor and let’s dance together!