Why Dance? The Benefits of Ballroom Dancing

Why dance? You gotta dance! You hear the music and it’s calling your name. “Get up and shake what yo’ mama gave ya. You heard me, get on up.” But, some people need a little more convincing before learning to dance.

Why dance? Here are 10 of the most powerful reasons to learn.

1. It’s good, clean fun.

I don’t care who you are, you can always use a little more fun in your life. Years ago, there was a telemarketer at a studio I worked at who used to tell people he spoke to, “Yes, ballroom dancing. You’ll love it…it’s good, clean fun.” I always got a kick out of that. But, you know, it’s so true. Thanks for a great line, Grant.

2. Physical and mental fitness improve significantly with ballroom dancing.

Physically, as you begin, you’ll start to notice new muscles that perhaps you haven’t used much. As a matter of fact, you might even be a little sore. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful sign that you’re fine-tuning your fitness level. Exercising new muscles while you’re dancing is a sneaky, painless way to get in shape.

Mental fitness has been shown to improve when ballroom dancing is performed on a regular basis. This is because learning to execute new steps and techniques uses the brain in a challenging manner. Although the brain is an organ and doesn’t have muscles, you might say the end result is the same as exercising your muscles. Therefore, if you want to stay sharp you’ll view your lessons as a mental workout.

Here is an informative post that explains why learning new and interesting things will lead to healthier mental fitness, “Treat Your Brain Like a Muscle: Exercise It”.

3. Ballroom dancing gives you a better social life.

Exciting experiences will increase as you add ballroom it to your activities. You have to admit, “Let’s go dancing” sounds like more fun than “Let’s go to dinner”. Better yet, how about you combine the two, “Hey babe, dinner and dancing tonight?”

4. Meet new people and make more friends.

As you become a part of the dance community, you’ll find your circle of friends widening. Whether you’re going to a studio, a group class, or a club, you’ll find it a piece of cake to make new acquaintances. In addition, the best part is you all have a common interest.

5. Ballroom dancing brings improved posture, grace & poise.

Unfortunately, bad posture is an issue for many people. Hours on the job often take a toll on how we hold ourselves. Good dance training will result in improved overall posture.

Learning ballroom dancing has the additional benefit of training your muscles. That means you’ve become more aware of how you stand, hold your head, and use your arms, legs, and feet. As you go along, you’ll begin to stand straighter, with your spine stretched long. In order to keep your balance, your head is held high with your ears over your shoulders. Consequently, you‘ll develop the dancer’s grace and poise. At this point, you’ll stand out in a crowd because of how you hold yourself and move so gracefully.

6. More confidence.

I don’t know about you, but when I set a goal and then take the steps to make it happen, my confidence goes through the roof. In addition to how good it feels, how about how good you look? You’ll develop better posture and more grace as you begin to move more rhythmically. When your friends ask what’s different, invite them to a Guest Party at your dance studio.

7. Impress a particular person.

Is there someone special in your life who loves to dance? For example, we know that lots of women get so much pleasure from being on the dance floor. By spending the time and energy to learn a skill that pleases her so much, you’re showing her how much she means to you.

Why dance? Happy wife, happy life!

8. Express yourself to the music.

We all have at least one song that moves us, don’t we? Whether it’s the one you want for your first dance or the one you heard after your first kiss. Becoming aware of how to communicate your feelings through dancing is definitely a big benefit of learning.

“Just Let it Go on the Dance Floor” is a Dance Safari post about losing yourself to the music. Give it a read when you get a chance.

9. A youthful appearance.

As you become more comfortable with the improved manner in which you move and the newfound fitness that comes with ballroom dancing, you’ll find you’ve developed a more youthful demeanor. Whether its because you’re moving more, enjoying better posture, or perhaps its the fact that you’re just plain having more fun. Whatever the reason, you’ll look and feel better when you make this a part of your life.

10. Stress relief.

Last on our list of the benefits of ballroom dancing is relief from stress. Stress, major or minor, takes a huge toll on us mentally and physically. It affects our body, mind, and behavior. Many people have found ballroom dancing to be an excellent way to battle the stresses of everyday life. What better way to contribute to a relaxing atmosphere than to put together music, movement, and the camaraderie of a group of dance-lovers!

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Or, you could get a smiley-face stress ball.

There you have it, the Dance Safari top 10 benefits of ballroom dancing that answer the questions, “Why dance?

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