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Dancing Makes You Smarter!
And Other Benefits of Ballroom Dance


Numerous studies have shown that Ballroom Dance has a tremendous effect on the neural pathways that make up our brains. The constant split second decision making that social dance requires of both the lead and the follow creates new connections in our brain. Researchers believe that the more pathways we make, the better. As we age, brain cells die. If we are not constantly replacing the “stepping stones” in the brain we lose mental faculties. One 21 year study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in N. Y. reports that of all activities participated in by people 75 and older, Ballroom/ Social Dance reduced the risk of dementia the most!

Some results of the study are listed below:

Reading - 35% reduced risk of dementia
Bicycling and swimming - 0%
Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week - 47%
Playing golf - 0%
Dancing frequently - 76%.   That was the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical.

You can read an article on the subject here: http://socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/smarter.htm

There is also a link to the actual article published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

New! Ballroom for Beginners Drop-In Class
Tuesday Nights at 7:30pm
September Classes:
Eight Week Classes:
Ballroom for Beginners- Monday Night
Club Dance for Beginners
Cruise and Wedding Preparation for Beginners
Salsa/ Merengue 2 for Beginners
  Four Week Class:
Intermediate West Coast Swing
Syncopated (3 Count) Hustle

  September 6- Field Trip- Atlanta Dance.

We are located in the same space as the
Dance and Music Academy of Woodstock

This is a centralized location in Cherokee County at the intersection of
East Cherokee and Hwy. 5, in the Publix Shopping Plaza.

For those of you with children, check out all that DMA has to offer!

Group Classes are now 55 minutes long and include practice time!

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Personal Lessons are also available.  Contact us to schedule.

Thank you for visiting Cherokee Rhythm and Smooth.  I hope we can answer all your questions about Ballroom Dance Lessons in Canton, Woodstock, Ball Ground and the surrounding area.

Whether you desire to wow people with your first dance as husband and wife, prepare for a company party, or just learn a new skill that can last a lifetime, Cherokee Rhythm and Smooth can help.

We offer instruction in all of the most popular Ballroom and Social Dances. 

  • East Coast Swing
  • West Coast Swing
  • Hustle
  • Salsa
  • Rumba
  • Cha Cha
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Two Step
  • and more

New Group Classes start almost every week!  

John and India Vasicak
678-918-2314 Office hours are from 5pm-10pm