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Therapeutic Tango for Brain and Body: No Partner Needed!


By Christina Johnson

This workshop is comprised of exercises and musical movements to use for rejuvenating and invigorating the body and mind. Contrary to many forms of exercise that exacerbate joint pain, tire the back, and are repetitive and tedious, Argentine tango is always exciting and creative. We can begin tango as a therapeutic exercise and continue to enjoy it as a dance with more refinement and elegance over the years.

Few dances involve a heart-to-heart embrace. Human beings need an equivalent of eight hugs a day to enhance the immune system and remain in a satisfactory mental state. Because of the close embrace of tango, a one-hour class would be the equivalent of at least twenty hugs. The biological system has an opportunity to leap into super-healing mode through tango!

A study done by the Society of Neuroscience in Washington showed that dancing tango boosts brain power that can offset negative symptoms of getting older. Seniors aged 68 to 91 demonstrated improved balance, self-esteem, multitasking ability, and motor coordination. Seniors who tangoed were compared with others who walked for exercise, and the tangueros showed more improvement.

With our tango therapy class, we present exercises for people who are beginner tango students or who may be compromised through surgery, accident, or diseases affecting motor skills, the brain, and muscle memory. If you are able to walk, then you can enjoy the therapeutic value of these unique classes. No matter if you are a kinesthetic, visual, auditory, or intuitive learner, all are included in the study of this class. Our therapeutic class takes listening skills and incites your brain to coordinate rhythm and to enjoy the pauses and silence within the music. You may begin to experience your heart releasing endorphins and soothing the body.

Every Tuesday through September 4, 10:15–11:15am at Pure Fitness Studio on Stirling Dickinson, a few doors down from Hotel Real de Minas near the end of the block. Fee: 120 per person per class and 180 per couple. Call Christina at 154 9085.Wear shoes with smooth soles. Wear comfortable workout clothes.


Therapeutic Tango for Brain and Body: No Partner Needed!

By Christina Johnson and Ezequiel A Peinado

Every Tuesday through Sept. 4, 10:15–11:15am

Pure Fitness Studio, Stirling Dickinson

For information and registration: 154 9085

120 per person per class

180 per couple


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