Older adults don't have to just go to the gym to get their exercise. Dancing is a great alternative  to exercising the body, it boosts heart health, helps to deal with arthritis in the joints, and increases balance. Dancing is a great way to get your body moving and stimulate the mind. This favorite past time can also help alleviate stiffness. Aside from improving physical health, dancing can strengthen cognition, potentially reducing one's risk for developing dementia. Dancing has been compared to reading, bicycling, swimming, crossword puzzles, and golf which yielded the best results for combating dementia. The reduced risk of developing dementia was 76% . 

​​​2017 New Mexico Senior Olympic Summer Games 
Events: ​Held in Albuquerque, New Mexico​

2017 New Mexico Senior Olympics​​

​​This Event is not Open to Out of State Participants

Fun Facts from Wikipedia

     There are several references to a sliding or gliding dance that would evolve into the waltz that date from 16th century Europe, including the representations of the printer H.S. Beheim. The French philosopher Montaigne wrote of a dance he saw in 1580 in Augsburg, where the dancers held each other so closely that their faces touched. Kunz Haas (of approximately the same period) wrote, "Now they are dancing the godless Weller or Spinner. The vigorous peasant dancer, following an instinctive knowledge of the weight of fall, utilizes his surplus energy to press all his strength into the proper beat of the measure, thus intensifying his personal enjoyment in dancing"

​LINKs to Neighboring State Games :​

Dance Video:

Sandoval County Games:
Competitions include: 

Country Western

Jitterbug/Latin Ballroom

Cha-Cha / Tango

Waltz Country/Ballroom

Polka/Line Dance

Date: Friday ,March 10,(9:00 am)

Participants must arrive 1 hour before event
Location : Bernalillo Recreation Center
Contact: Romie Baca

Valencia County Games:
Competitions include: Waltz /
Country Western / Jitterbug /

Latin Cha-Cha / Tango / Ballroom Dance

Registration Form

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Daniel Fernandez Rec

For More Info:
Contact: Jorge Venegas

Dance Competition:

Albuquerque 50+ Games:

Includes country western, jitterbug, line dancing, polka, Latin cha cha), waltz, and country waltz. The Dance Competition is free for the public to come and watch the athletes compete.

Thursday February 16, 2017 5:00 pm

N. Domingo Baca 

7521 Carmel Ave. NE 

For More Info:

Contact Joel Mahoney