Go ahead – take the first step. Ask yourself why you want to dance. What drives people to want to learn?
“My daughter’s wedding is coming up.” “We’re going on a cruise.” “I’m planning to go to South America on vacation this summer.”
Whatever the reason, you should learn to dance.
When you go to any ballroom dance studio’s website or Facebook page, I guarantee you’ll find a long list entitled, “The Benefits of Dancing”. While the list is generally all-encompassing, for me it boils down to 3 things.
We learn to dance in order to get fit and stay healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally.
See if you don’t agree.
1. Physical Benefits:
- Get stronger
- Develop long, lean muscle
- Build cardio stamina
- Lose weight (painlessly!)
- Improve balance and coordination
- Beautiful poise and posture
2. Mental Benefits:
- Learning a new skill sharpens brainpower
- Improve cognitive function while warding off Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases
- Especially beneficial if you are learning something that is outside of your comfort zone
- Enhance your sense of accomplishment when you set a goal to learn about social dance and then actually achieve that goal
3. Emotional Benefits:
- Go ahead and lose yourself in the music – you know you want to!
- Human touch is required and is totally PC
- Partnership skills grow, “You lead, I’ll follow”
- Enjoy the indescribable sensation of you and your partner moving as one
- Increase companionship and a sense of belonging as you mingle with others who share your interest in becoming better dancers
- Reconnect with your partner, e.g., empty nesters
- Pain relief; they say it only hurts when you stop dancing!
- Last, but certainly not least, stress relief
Learn to dance and watch your health and self-image flourish. Feel better, look better, move better. Enjoy your life and get moving to the music. I promise you won’t regret it.
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