Is Salsa the 'Fountain of Youth' ?

Discussion in 'Just Dance' started by bailar y tocar, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. bailar y tocar

    bailar y tocar Clave Commander

    I had found out several salsa dancer's ages and I am totally amazed at how so many people look so much younger than they are. This cannot be a coincidence. I would guess that the average difference in looks and biological age was around 15 years.

    The people I was talking to looked like mid 30's to mid 40's.
  2. GForce85

    GForce85 Rhythm Deputy

    I've had the same thing happen before plenty of times. I was missing by an average of like 12 years too young. I've gotten better about it in recent times though. I think I made a similar post quite some time ago (just a single post, not a thread like this) and someone said it's probably a combination of the dancers being reasonably fit, the fact that it's dark so you can't see the wrinkles as well, and the idea that there may be a kind of a self-selection going on in that people with more demanding lives who are more likely to look older generally don't show up in clubs that often because they don't have the time/energy.
  3. kerry.alder

    kerry.alder Sonero

    Aaah, the benefits of exercising regularly :)

    Some people go to the gym to pump iron with weights, some people put on boxing gloves and pound each other to smithereens and call that exercise but we salsa people get to dance with hot guys and sexy girls all night long and call it exercise :)

    That my friends is one of the reasons I love salsa!
  4. salsamarty

    salsamarty Rhythm Deputy

    Maybe its the power of positive thinking.
  5. Offbeat

    Offbeat Maestro 'El Diferente' Canales

    I have also been stuck by rather youthful looks in salsa world. I have no explanation on why it is so. What I usually do is add 10+ years* to how they look physically and that gets almost closer to correct chronological age :)

    * usually when guessing those who are 35+
  6. SnowDancer

    SnowDancer Clave Commander

    I hope it's true because I'm pretty old and I still want 10-20 more years to improve.:)
  7. SalseraRita

    SalseraRita Son Montuno

    Well, given that constant stress makes us look older, and the fact that salsa relieves stress (at least it does for me!), I'd say you're right!

    That, and I've seen some women who are old enough to be my mother but have such amazing figures thanks to a decade of salsa dancing :eek:
  8. UnlikelySalsero

    UnlikelySalsero Rhythm Deputy

    I'd generalize your statement to "regular partner dancing" makes you look younger.

    A couple thoughts:

    Any regular exercise will make a positive difference, but dancing is more fun so many do more than they would at the gym.

    If you social dance regularly, over time you adjust hair and clothing to reflect the overall mood of the scene, and that trends younger. You are also smart enough to stay in lower light, which hides many of my flaws.

    You also keep more in-touch with music and fashion. I'm no longer wearing "dad jeans" but now I get advice from my 18 year old daughter to make sure I'm not dressing so much my real age. (She also says things like "No... unless you're really 19, those aren't for you..." :))

    I've lost over 15 lbs since I started to dance, and most of my peers have gained 10 lbs in the same time. In my case I'm now 25 lbs or more lighter than most guys my age, and it's primarily related to dance. Older guys tend to be heavier.

    Most social dancers are more aware of their appearance, are more fashionable, eat slightly better than they would, drink lots of water, get their heart rate up, reduce their stress regularly, etc.

    Lots of studies shows dance is also an excellent mental exercise. Keeping the mind working is a major win.

    Few guess my real age (50 in a few months) and I see lots of ladies who easily look 10 years younger (or more).

    Yes, social dancing does keep us younger... mentally and physically.
  9. ajohnson4

    ajohnson4 Son

    Last night, the bouncers asked for my ID. After chatting with him when I bumped into him inside the club, he said I looked like a 16 year old highschool girl who is still a few years away from entering a club where alcohol is served!
  10. VirgilBrewster

    VirgilBrewster Changui

    I think i agree with Don.
    Dancing keeps you fit and in shape.
    i have a very busy job and at the end of a day hard working,
    it felt that i didn't have any energy left.

    After some persuasion from a friend to escort her
    to a salsa class i found out that dancing is a form of stress release
    but above all it gave me a lot more energy during the day.

    Well i can try to explain here how that works biologicly but i am not a physician
    and i am not even going to try and bother you with that.
    What i do like to say is this.
    Just start dancing and feel what is does to your body and especially to your health.

    Let's Start Dancing
  11. WessexSalsero

    WessexSalsero Rhythm Deputy

    I tell you why Salsa keeps me young: I fall madly in love with a new fave at least once a week.

    3 weeks ago it was this sassy, sophisticated blonde who made my night, nay month...
    The week after I discovered a gorgeous casinera at a popular xbody place in Central London and I am still pining for her...
    This week I have completely fallen for an amazing brunette who is technically very advanced and yet such a fun and adorable social dancer. And a bit fit, too. Yum.

    I feel like a teenager again! (Happy) hormones raging, fickle as hell. But thankfully less spotty this time around.
  12. sweavo

    sweavo Maestro 'Guaguanco' Rodríguez

    loool. if I hadn't just changed my signature, this would've been it next!
  13. EvaDarling

    EvaDarling Son Montuno

    Another way to look at it is that people who don't dance salsa or maintain healthy lifestyles look older than their age. But yeah, there were many times I'd go out dancing all stressed out and I came home chill and relaxed. So I do believe it''s a good stress reliever and of course the ultimate aerobic workout. People always mistake me for 5-7 years younger than I am but then again, I was that way before I started I dunno.:confused:
  14. jaytea

    jaytea Changui

    I hope that in the long run salsa will keep me looking younger!

    For now, though, I think I look older from staying up all night dancing! Not only do I get less sleep from staying out all night, but then I have dreams about dancing salsa, so I never feel rested. Plus, I'm getting wrinkles from smiling so hard all night long. (I try to control the smiling, cause it looks silly sometimes, but I can't!)
  15. bailar y tocar

    bailar y tocar Clave Commander

    I thought one gets wrinkles from too much sun. As salsa dancers we spend so much time in dark places , some of us even wearing shades, we should be safe from wrinkles.
  16. MacMoto

    MacMoto Administrator Staff Member

    Don't stop smiling! It's a good thing... and smilers look younger, wrinkles or not :)
  17. kerry.alder

    kerry.alder Sonero

    Speaking of wearing shades, when I was visiting USA, I did notice some people dance with dark shades on. To this day, I have no idea how they could see anything in the dark club!

    Regarding look younger, I wonder if part of the explanation could be attributed to use females using makeup and age defying creams so we can look good on the dance floor ;)
  18. crazygirl

    crazygirl Rhythm Deputy

    There was a thread on this once - do a search!
  19. Salsa as a dance is a form of exercise and since its exercise, it keeps us in shape. And when we are in shape, we feel young and alive. And when we feel young, we also look young. I believe this is what we can call the law of attraction. What we think is what will happen.
  20. chr

    chr Shine Officer

    It looks like the most popular opinion here is that salsa keeps fit and therefore looking young.

    I don't doubt that, but I think the general conclusion suffers from a selection bias and there is another, more pronounced effect: People who look younger/better have a better overall experience (due to better reception) on the dance floor, making them come back, which acts as a natural selection mechanism.

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