Ask a dancer about the pros and cons of ballroom dancing and you’ll get plenty of opinions. The benefits of dancing include stress relief, social ease, impress a particular person, get in shape, meet people, and make new friends. However, there are a (very) few things that some would consider being issues.
What are the best things?
The Pros of Ballroom Dancing
1. It’s for everyone.
To begin with, a really great thing about ballroom dancing is anyone can learn. Also, there’s no such thing as a born dancer. To be sure, everyone has to be taught and trained. As people with a desire to learn to dance, we all start out the same – with a lack of knowledge. What comes next? Lessons, of course!
2. Lessons make you feel good.
If you want to learn about the pros of ballroom dancing, one of the biggest advantages is the training you’ll receive. It is awesome and if you’re taking private lessons or working with a coach, the instruction is completely focused on you. You’ll work one-on-one or at most one-on-two (if you’re part of a couple) on your individual needs, desires, and abilities. Believe me, you haven’t had so much loving attention since your mama taught you to walk and talk!
Learn more in this Dance Safari post, “A Dance Coach is a Good Investment“.
3. You have permission to ‘zone out’.
One of the best things about ballroom dancing happens when you get into the zone when you dance. Do you know what I mean? It’s when you’re one with the music, your partner, and the choreography. It is challenging to have two people moving as one and demands sensitivity, as well as cooperation. Work towards this and you’ll become a better partner both on and off the dance floor.
What are the worst things?
The Cons of Ballroom Dancing
1. You’re too shy to ‘zone out’.
Here’s a problem people often have when it comes to expressing themselves on the dance floor…trying not to be self-conscious as they get into the zone. For some, it’s difficult to lose the sensation that others are judging their performance. It can be very frustrating, but it takes time to learn to be comfortable with yourself.
2. Whether you like it or not, You have a specific job to do.
You’re either a leader or a follower. A good leader understands that his job requires knowledge and planning. It’s not easy to pick the dance, communicate the steps, and navigate the dance floor. And, that’s why partnership skills can be one of the cons of ballroom dancing. Especially if you have a follower who has a habit of back-leading.
3. To become a good dancer, you have to practice with a partner.
It’s true your instructor is certainly your partner, but he or she is also partners with all the students. If you want to improve your skills, you have to practice with another person. You’d think that would be easy to do, but for some it’s painful.
This is the reason ballroom dancing is a good choice for a hobby if you’re shy and self-conscious. That’s because you’re going to put yourself out there and find someone to dance with. Learn how to get out of your head and into something that will help you grow and live a better life. Check out a really good post on hobbies here.
There you have it, what I consider to be the pros and cons of ballroom dancing. In my opinion, the pros definitely outweigh the cons and whenever you get a chance to dance, I hope you take it!