3 Big Reasons to Learn Social Dancing

Go ahead – take the first step.  Ask yourself why you want to dance.  What drives people to want to learn social dancing?you want to dance take the first step

“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 just know you want 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 can be long, for me it boils down to 3 things.

We want to dance in order to get fit and stay healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally.

1. Physical Benefits  

  • Get stronger
  • Develop long, lean muscles
  • 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 the goal to learn about social dance and then proceed to achieve that goal

3. Emotional Benefits

  • 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 dancing!
  • Last, but certainly not least, stress relief  you want to dance for stress relief

You want to dance so you can watch your health and self-image skyrocket.  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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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Fabulous reasons to dance, the reason I started was simply to learn the Tango, then we realised that without learning to dance first it was too greater challenge. I never realised how many different muscles you use, loving it. Great post 🙂

  2. Carolyn Page says:

    This is a wonderful post, Barbara. 🙂
    We have benefited immensely by learning to dance. I recommend it for all the reasons you’ve so eloquently stated… 🙂

    1. Barbara Tucker says:

      Thank you, Carolyn. I enjoyed your posts, as well.

  3. I love dancing! My husband pretended to like it too until we got married! I still tease him about it!

    1. Barbara Tucker says:

      Unscrupulous! Maybe see if you can get him to look at a couple of Dance Safari’s posts and light a fire in him.

  4. aFrankAngle says:

    I couldn’t agree more. We love social ballroom!

    1. Barbara Tucker says:

      Thanks for the comment. Hope you enjoy many more years of dancing. It’s the key to staying vibrant.

      1. aFrankAngle says:

        We enjoy it a lot. We are social – not comps & no solos at studio events. Given that, we do well … and you can find Ballroom in my Categories. Even did a few short stories around that topic.

      2. Barbara Tucker says:

        I’m enjoying your posts. I like the way you are concise and get to the point. I tend to ramble, but it’s mostly because I’m so excited to be writing about ballroom dancing.
        Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening.

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