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Contra the Superfood for Living

So, your sitting there reading this because you wanted to know what happened at the 2018 TCNA Annual Meeting. Everyone had a grand time! The overview of whats been happening at TCNA was informative, the food was great, the company awesome, and the conversation lively.

As an added bonus there was a special presentation this year that recharged your mind, body and soul with some superfood. Have you heard of Contra Dance? This type of dancing is a form of social North American folk dancing similar to square dancing, done to live traditional music. It’s family-friendly, encourages socializing, and has amazing health benefits.

Contra dancing is a friendly and inclusive community very much in line with the Tamworth Community Nurse Association’s mission to “promote the physical, mental and social well-being of the residents of Tamworth.”

Science has discovered that moving in synchrony leads to cooperative behavior, feelings of social closeness, and reduces the feeling of pain. In 2016 the Oxford University published a study in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, “Silent disco: dancing in synchrony leads to elevated pain thresholds and social closeness.” The study revealed that when the volunteers learned the same dance moves, listened to the same music as the rest of the group, and danced in synchronized moves, their threshold for pain increased. The study revealed that as we have evolved our brains have identified that dancing together, in synchrony, we feel simpatico with others, and that synergy creates underlying health benefits, one of which is reduced pain.

Contra Dancing is more than just loosening up your muscles. By dancing and listening to the same music with others that’s when those precious endorphins are released and multiple health benefits kick in.

Shana Aisenberg & Beverly Woods, of String Equinox, were great at introducing the art of Contra Dancing accompanied by some great lively music. The laughter and reminiscing are evident in the videos. MORE VIDEOS:


Silent disco: dancing in synchrony leads to elevated pain thresholds and social closeness

Tarr, Bronwyn et al. Evolution and Human Behavior , Volume 37 , Issue 5 , 343 – 349

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