In February 2019 researchers from Canada published their review of the medical scientific literature to assess the effect of dance as a physical activity or exercise on cognition in healthy older adults. A total of 7 articles, involving 429 older adults (70% women; average age 73 years), were identified in the literature that met the search criteria. Results showed that dance sessions, lasting between 10 weeks and 18 months, were associated with either the maintenance or improvement of cognitive performance. However, some limitations were noted in the studies reviewed. The researchers therefore concluded that dancing may help improve or maintain cognition in older individuals but further research should be undertaken to investigate this further.
Predovan D et al. Effects of Dancing on Cognition in Healthy Older Adults: a Systematic Review. J Cogn Enhanc. 2019;3(2):161-167.