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​You're Invited to AARP's Free Online Heart & Soul Dance Party

​Dance to the beat of your heart in an R&B and soul-inspired party with live performances by Soul II Soul and the Swayzees!

Heart and Soul Dance Party
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When love is in the air, don’t you miss going out dancing? We thought so, which is why AARP is teaming up with Daybreaker, the global morning dance movement with over 500,000 participants, to sponsor the free Daybreaker Live: Heart & Soul Dance Party on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET. Tune in via Daybreaker’s Zoom video-chat platform to join a fantastic virtual dance party online.

How the dance party works

Let AARP transport you to a morning full of joy and social connection. Here’s how it works.

11 a.m.: Join hosts Radha Agrawal and Elliott LaRue for an all-ages yoga warm-up, followed by an epic dance party with tunes by DJ Natasha Diggs. Celebrate romance with special performances by R&B innovators Soul II Soul. Share the love and join thousands of participants on Zoom, all from the comfort and safety of your home. The party runs through 1 p.m. ET, and participants of all ages and abilities are invited. You must register in advance, so RSVP for free right here to get the link.

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What to wear

Wear whatever outfit puts a spring in your step. Dust off your dance moves for a chance to show us your skills on the interactive Zoom dance cam.

Why dance parties are fun and good for you

A dance party is seriously good for you, especially at a time when it can be more challenging to get exercise. A report from the AARP-founded Global Council on Brain Health shows that music and dance are effective treatment tools for a wide range of age-related conditions, including Parkinson’s disease and dementia. They stimulate the brain, relieve stress, build social connections and combat the isolation that plagues so many these days.

What could be better than music or movement? The two combined, says John W. Krakauer, director of the Center for the Study of Motor Learning and Brain Repair at Johns Hopkins University. “Synchronizing music, which many studies have shown is pleasing to both the ear and brain, and movement — in essence, dance — may constitute a pleasure double play,” Krakauer wrote in Scientific American. Simply put, music stimulates the brain’s reward centers, while dance activates its sensory and motor circuits.

And while exercise in general has many positive effects on well-being and health, a study of 479 adults age 70 and older published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2003 showed that of 11 physical activities (including cycling and swimming), only dance lowered dementia risk.

Remember to RSVP!

More than 90,000 people have jumped for joy at these AARP Daybreaker events. Get in on the fun by registering no later than 10:50 a.m. ET on Feb. 12, the day of the event, to get a link to participate.

Tim Appelo covers entertainment and is the film and TV critic for AARP. Previously, he was the entertainment editor at Amazon, video critic at Entertainment Weekly, and a critic and writer for The Hollywood Reporter, People, MTV, The Village Voice and LA Weekly.