National Dance Week arrives. Is Santa Cruz Ready?
“Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” —Samuel Beckett
Leave it to a playwright to set things straight. Dancing, Beckett seems to suggest, allows us access to a deeper well that can better inform our thinking. If that’s the case, then the decision by Abra Allan to move Motion Pacific Dance Studio to a larger space was a good one: more room makes for more people dancing.
And get this: results from a 21-year study conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine give Beckett’s quote new meaning. As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, frequent dancing has the best track record of keeping dementia at bay, better than crossword puzzles and reading.
So Dance First. Think Later.
And there could be no better time to caper than National Dance Week, starting at 5 p.m. April 21. (full schedule below)