Go ahead, take the first step. Start by asking yourself a few questions. To begin with, what are some of the reasons people want to learn social dancing? More specifically, what do you hope to get out of it? Some will say, “My daughter’s wedding is coming up.” Or, “We’re going on a cruise.” Still others declare, “I’m planning to go to Argentina this summer and I want to learn the Tango.” Above all, you just know you want to learn to dance.
When you go to a ballroom studio’s website you’ll find, “The Benefits of Dancing”.
For me, it boils down to 3 things. We want to dance to get fit physically, mentally, and emotionally.
1. Look better physically
- Get stronger when you use your 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 better poise and posture.
2. Stay sharp mentally
- Sharpen brainpower by learning a new skill.
- Improve cognitive function while warding off Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases.
- You challenge yourself when you learn something that’s outside of your comfort zone.
- Enhance your sense of accomplishment when you set a goal and achieve it. For the purpose of learning more about this, read a post with tips about goal-setting here.
3. Feel great emotionally
- 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 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 at social dancing.
- Reconnect with your partner. In fact, this is great for new parents and empty-nesters.
- Pain relief; they say it only hurts when you stop!
- Last, but certainly not least, stress relief.
Get more out of life!
If you want to enjoy life more as your health and self-image go through the roof, learn social dancing. To be sure, you’ll feel better, look better, and move better. With this in mind, get moving with the music. Without a doubt, this is one move you won’t regret!
By the way, if you’re looking for ballroom dance music, read this Dance Safari post, “5 Sources of Practice Music for Ballroom Dancing“.