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.”
Above all, you just know you want to learn to dance.
When you go to any ballroom studio’s website or social media, I guarantee you’ll find a long list entitled, “The Benefits of Dancing”. While the list can be extensive, 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 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. Stay sharp mentally.
- Sharpen brainpower by learning a new skill like dancing.
- 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. 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 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 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.
Who wouldn’t want to enjoy life more simply because you learned social dancing?
You’ll want to dance because it makes you feel good as 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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