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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wondrous Wednesday Tree Branches

Wondrous Wednesday Tree Branches

Dancers know how important it is to take class every day, in order to develop the high level of physical technique needed to achieve their goals. But hidden inside every class is something most dancers never think about.

I’m talking about the mental challenges. Memorizing constantly changing combinations of steps, while simultaneously concentrating on how to perform those steps. Or, better yet, reversing those combinations, sometimes “on the fly”  while performing the steps in the first direction.

Science has shown that mental challenges produce more neural pathways in the brain. Think of this as a tree with lots of branches extending in all directions. The more branches, the better. And, as we dance, concentrate, and take class, more and more branches are developed.

That’s why there’s no such thing as a stupid dancer.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #22r:  
The mental challenges of classical ballet improve the brain.

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