Some typical senior dance classes are salsa, jazz and danzon. Other choices include low-impact aerobics and ballroom dancing. Senior dance classes are offered in gyms and fitness centers as well as community centers and churches.
Dance classes are good for seniors because they provide both a physical and mental workout. In classes like ballroom dancing, seniors memorize dance steps and perform them with a partner, which requires both memory work and social interaction, both of which improve a senior's overall health.
Low-impact aerobics dance classes are good for seniors because they burn calories, are appropriate for every age and skill level, and elevate the heart rate. In low-impact aerobics, seniors are moving constantly at their own pace, which allows their heart to pump oxygen into their blood faster. For a senior, taking a low-impact aerobics dance class five to six days a week reduces the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, as well as improving memory functioning.
Danzon is a form of senior dance class created by the Latino Alzheimer's & Memory Disorders Alliance of Illinois. Danzon is the name of a musical genre popular in Latin countries such as Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico. This dance class gives seniors the option of promenading to slower-paced songs of this genre, or doing the salsa to more upbeat danzon songs.