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Club Philosophy

The Goddard Dance Club (GDC) was formed over 25 years ago - before interest in ballroom dancing surged due to the popularity of television shows such as "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance", and even before the box office success of movies like "Dirty Dancing" and "Strictly Ballroom".

The Club was founded with the goal of promoting the social, emotional and physical benefits of social dancing among the members of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center community in Greenbelt, Maryland and their guests by providing opportunities to learn, practice and enjoy social dance.

The many physical and mental advantages of dancing have been documented in numerous studies. The Mayo Clinic researchers reported that social dancing helps to reduce stress, increase energy, improve strength and increase muscle tone and coordination. The Heart, Lung and Blood institute (NHLBI) has stated that dancing can lower your risk of coronary heart disease, decrease blood pressure, help with weight management and strengthen the bones of your legs and hips.

In addition to the physical benefits, dancing has also been proven to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in the elderly. One 21-year study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that of the 11 activities assessed, dancing was the only one associated with a lower rate of dementia.

What is wonderful and unique about dance is that it provides the heart-healthy benefits of an aerobic exercise and stimulates the brain while allowing you to engage in a social activity.

Today, perhaps more than ever, the Goddard Dance Club is dedicated to creating an atmosphere where dancing is fun - whether you are listening to the delightful dance music provided by our DJ and instructor, Chip Atwood; talking with friends while enjoying the free snacks and beverages provided on Friday night; or participating in one of the dance classes offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - you'll get an opportunity to learn to dance at your own pace in a relaxed environment.

Welcome to the Goddard Dance Club and to the benefits of dancing.

Curator: Chris Dullnig
Responsible NASA Official: Rick DeVore
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Last Updated:   October 5th, 2018 (CD)