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Dancing is more than just a way to pass spare time. It can enhance people's lives in more ways than one. From health benefits to social benefits, dancing can impact just about every aspect of a person's life.

Stress Management

Dancing helps lift people's spirits while fighting depression and anxiety. Both the physical aspect and social aspect of salsa can contribute to helping manage stress. Simply being physically active helps combat depression. Salsa just makes it more enjoyable while interacting with others.

Health Benefits

Salsa dancing is an aerobic activity. According to Medicine Net, engaging in aerobic exercises can help:

Social Benefits

It is no secret that one of the best ways of meeting people with similar interests is by taking a class. Salsa classes tend to create a friendly atmosphere which makes participants have to interact with different people. In Gainesville, social dancing events are low-pressure situations in which dancers can meet other dancers and share their love for the dance. The Gainesville salsa scene makes it easy for people to feel like they are part of a community.

Fitness Benefits

Just because dancing is fun, doesn't mean that it does not count as an exercise. Salsa increases stamina and endurance. Dancing regularly can help people lose or manage their weight and tone lower body muscles. For a 150-pound person, dancing salsa for an hour can burn 400 or more calories, depending on the intensity level. For this reason, many gyms and health clubs include salsa dancing as one of their fitness classes. Also, Zumba, an intense dance workout that has become very popular in the past couple of years, incorporates many salsa moves.

Mental Benefits?

Most people know that dancing can help you stay in shape, but what might surprise many is that it might also help prevent dementia. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York found that dancing frequently can reduce the risk of dementia up to 76 percent. Dancing was found to be more helpful than reading or even doing crossword puzzles.

An Instructor's Story

Venezuelan-born Marco Molina was curious about Latin dancing styles from a young age. However, it wasn't until college that he started dancing salsa.

His natural dancing abilities allowed him to quickly learn the dance and eventually become an instructor and manager of Salsa Caliente, a dancing company in Gainesville.

In the past, he has danced for the University of Florida's Sabor Latino, a salsa dance team that has recently won several dance competitions and performed at Gator Growl.

He is currently a senior at the University of Florida studying engineering.

Listen to Molina as he recalls his experiences with salsa dancing.