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Seven things you didn't know about dance

danza Dancers also train mentally
A few years ago, a team of researchers from University College London (UCL), in the United Kingdom, discovered that in our brain there is a “mirror system” that responds differently when we see a dancer perform a pirouette depending on whether we are trained or not. to execute that movement. The neurons that form it are “tuned” for the repertoire of movements of each individual. One of the main conclusions of the finding, according to its authors, is thatathletes and dancers could continue to train mentally when they suffer a physical injury.

The genes of dance
After analyzing the genetic code of different dance professionals, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem they have found important differences in two genes: the gene responsible for encoding the serotonin transporter, a neurotransmitter that among other things contributes to spiritual experience, and a receptor for the hormone arginine-vasopressin, which according to recent studies modulates our capacity for social communication. “Both are genes linked to the emotional aspect of dance,” says Richard Ebstein, co-author of the study.

Intelligence related to body movement
Along with linguistic, musical, logical / mathematical, spatial, intrapersonal, interpersonal or spiritual intelligence there is a bodily or kinesthetic intelligence, which can be defined as the ability to control one’s own bodily movements and manipulate objects with a certain skill. . This type of intelligence, according to Howard Gardner, is what is behind the dancer’s ability to “see-and-do”, transforming a dynamic visual image or certain sound orders into physical action.

Dancing samba should be part of the training of footballers
A team of Japanese researchers has concluded that dancing samba, a Brazilian dance with African roots, promotes body control that can improve motor skills in activities as diverse as playing a percussion instrument or playing soccer. According to Dr. Tomoyuki Yamamoto and his colleagues at the Advanced Institute for Science and Technology in Japan, “exercising the movement of the hips is essential to improve the mobility of other areas of the body,” possibly due to the proximity of this area to our body center of gravity. That is why they decided to try training soccer players by dancing samba. The result: a significant improvement in athletic performance. The next thing, Yamamoto says, will be to test the effects of other dances on athletes.

Our ancestors also danced
Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of New Mexico (USA), believes that “music is what happens when an anthropoid ape stumbles and enters the evolutionary paradise of unbridled sexual selection, of complex acoustic display.” The author believes that singing and dancing formed a set of indicator traits for our ancestors when they chose a mate, especially for females. Dancing and singing demonstrated physical fitness, coordination, strength, and health.

Dancing can be therapeutic
Scientists at the University of Missouri (USA) have concluded that dancing can be therapeutic in later life, as it significantly improves balance and reduces the risk of falls and injuries.

There are choreographies based on the mathematics of chaos
In the 1990s an engineering student at the popular Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Diana S. Dhabi, decided to use the mathematics of chaos to compose music for the piano. Following his example, American scientists Elizabeth Bradley and Joshua Stuart have recently created several chaos-based movement sequences from classical pieces. They have even developed a chaotic version of the popular dance associated with the song Macarena. And all through original software developed by themselves, theChaographer. The result is an original dance and “pleasing to the eye”, they say. In addition to that “teaching these results in class is a very effective way to motivate students to learn more about the mathematics of rigid body and chaos.”

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