Taking line dance classes can improve heart health, increase muscular strength and flexibility, boost lung capacity and combat depression. AugustaGA.gov suggests that taking line dance classes may increase lifespan up to 10 years.
Socialization benefits of line dance classes include an increased sense of well-being and general camaraderie. Taking line dancing classes can also lower bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and regulate blood pressure and blood sugar.
Students even report improved coordination and easy, gradual weight loss. A 150-pound person burns an average of 250 to 300 calories per hour during line dancing lessons. One study found that obese pupils of dance engaged in less emotional eating.
Some teachers suspect that line dancing can even reverse or prevent the risk of Alzheimer's. Line dancing is a form of low-impact aerobic activity, which can support heart and blood vessel function. For the same reason, line dancing may reduce anxiety and stress while boosting body image and coping ability.
A review in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine states that dancing might alleviate the effects of Parkinson's disease, such as impaired balance, rigid muscles and slowed movement.
Although line dancing has its roots in western and country folk traditions, the current trend accompanied Billy Ray Cyrus' 1992 hit "Achy Breaky Heart."