Go ahead – take the first step. Ask yourself why you want to dance. What drives people to want to learn social dancing?
“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 know you want to dance.
When you go to any ballroom studio’s website or Facebook page, I guarantee you’ll find a long list entitled, “The Benefits of Dancing”. While the list can be long, for me it boils down to 3 things.
We want to dance in order to get fit and healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally.
1. Physical Benefits
- Get stronger when you use muscles in a new and different way.
- Develop long, lean muscles as you warm-up and stretch before your lessons.
- Build cardio stamina.
- Lose weight painlessly!
- Improve balance and coordination.
- Learn social dancing for 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.
- You challenge yourself by learning something that’s outside of your comfort zone.
- Enhance your sense of accomplishment when you set a goal and achieve it. Read a post with tips about goal-setting here.
3. Emotional Benefits when you learn social dancing
- Go ahead and lose yourself to 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 want to dance together.
- Pain relief; they say it only hurts when you stop!
- Last, but certainly not least, stress relief.
You want to dance so you can watch your health and self-image skyrocket. To that end, you’ll feel better, look better, move better. With this in mind, enjoy your life and get moving to the music. To be sure, you won’t regret it.
Looking for ballroom dance music? Read this Dance Safari post, “5 Sources of Practice Music for Ballroom Dancing“.
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