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| "Vamos a bailar” means “let's dance” — and that's exactly what you're invited to do during AARP's upcoming “¡Vamos a Bailar — Let's Dance!” virtual dance party hosted by Daybreaker Live on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.
Register in advance at daybreaker.com/aarp to join thousands of other participants from around the world in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and moving to the beat of the best rhythms Latin music has to offer — ranging from salsa and merengue to mambo, rumba and more!
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Stars like Gloria Estefan and Los Del Río to perform
Hosted by Daybreaker dance community founder Radha Agrawal and motivational speaker Maria Marin, the virtual party will take place through the videoconferencing platform Zoom, so feel free to get gussied up in case you're featured on the party's Dance Cam. Grandkids and other friends and family members are also welcome to join in on the fun.
The event will start with a Zumba session (led by the dance exercise class's founder and creator Beto Pérez) to get everyone warmed up and ready to move to the full spectrum of Latin music as curated by DJ Jellybean Benitez, with performances by Gloria Estefan, Gipsy Kings by André Reyes, the Wailers and Los Del Río — the group behind the famous “Macarena.” (If you don't already know the moves behind the iconic dance, now's your chance to learn.)
Dancing benefits both body and mind
Dancing and connecting with others, especially at a time when opportunities for in-person gatherings are limited, not only feels great — it's good for you, too. That's according to a recent report from the AARP-founded Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), which shows that music boosts brain health along with emotional well-being, and even helps in the treatment of conditions such as Parkinson's disease and dementia.
When it comes to dancing, the evidence is also clear: Moving is a great way to stimulate both body and mind. “Dance, sing or move to music,” the GCBH experts conclude. “These activities not only provide physical exercise, but they can also relieve stress and build social connections, and are fun ways to stimulate your brain!”
Remember to RSVP
“¡Vamos a Bailar — Let's Dance!” is free and open to AARP members and nonmembers of all ages — just be sure to register in advance at daybreaker.com/aarp by 10:45 a.m. ET on Oct. 3.