‘Let’s all foxtrot to keep brain and body fit’

In ‘the Dancing Brain’, brain professor Erik Scherder explains how the grey matter works. After this everone benificially walzes and rumbas for one hour to live music played by LUDWIG’s Ballroom Band. Result: the most bizarre andamusing show in years.

Ballroom dancing: who is still doing it? The foxtrot, the chachacha, the rumba? But it is good for body and mind. Why exactly, is difficult to explain in a few words, although this is exactly what professor of neuropsychology Erik Scherder and his almost as agile sidekick, medical doctor and researcher Cuna Knegt, are doing in the programme The Dancing Brain’, an initiative of classical orchestra LUDWIG.
Not in decades such a bizarre, andamusing hybrid show toured the country. For 75 long minutes of suspense, Scherder and Knegt take their audience by the hand alongside scientific slides, that tell you everthing about the functionality of the (dancing) brain. What sticks is above all the fascinating flexibility of the brain and the unnerving notion that you yourself have to keep it fit by continuously developing new skils – even at 80. For instance by dancing, learning a new language or playing a musical instrument.

Tirelessly Scherder calls forth slide after slide – until you, completely bedazzled, are imagining nightmares with pictures of an actually shrunken alzheimer brain. “Hey! We have come here to dance!”, all of a sudden a lady resentfully calls out – which causes the second part of the evening to start sooner than obviously planned: an indispensable crash course foxtrot followed by an hour of ballroom dancing to the live music of LUDWIG’s musicians, impressing us with their very catchy performance of Ritchie Valens’s, Glenn Miller’s and Johann Strauss’s dance music.