I moved to New York City when I was 20 years old. It was great being in the big city where so much was happening. Even so, I had a problem…I didn’t know anybody. That was when I decided to find a hobby where I could make a new friend or two. In my opinion, I hit the jackpot when I found ballroom dancing. If you’re looking for some company, ballroom dancing just might be right for you, too. Try making it your hobby and see if it works for you like it did for me.
What’s so great about ballroom dancing?
First of all, there’s something for everybody. For many, it’s about the music. Others love spending time with their dancing friends sharing some good, clean fun. Not to mention the benefits of staying physically and mentally active. Then again, it could be as simple as dressing up for an evening or afternoon on the dance floor.
The Perks of Ballroom Dancing
Exercise for Your Mind
Learning to ballroom dance requires memorizing steps and movements through repetition. Therefore, it’s a challenging way to give your brain a workout, which helps not only on the dance floor, but in all areas of your life.
Become the Master of Your Body
Everybody benefits from the flexibility that comes with ballroom dancing. Isolating specific body parts creates better movement, balance, and coordination. As you get acquainted with a variety of ballroom dances, you’ll look and feel better both on and off the dance floor.
Overcome Anxiety and Depression
Give yourself a mood-boost with each dance you do. Because moving to music with a partner is a great stress-reducer, it’s guaranteed to lift your spirits and fill you with energy.
Get in Shape
Speaking of energy, wouldn’t it be nice to drop a few pounds without dieting and going to the gym? In fact , ballroom dancing has a sneaky way of tweaking your body into the best shape of your life. Furthermore, with the addition of improved cardio function, you’ve discovered the secret to feeling good.
Determined to be the best you can be?
Imagine how good it will feel when you set yourself a goal to learn ballroom dancing and you take the steps to achieve it. If you want to lift your self-esteem and confidence to new highs, make it your business to challenge yourself to improve your dancing. And, do it sooner rather than later.
Clearly, you need some ballroom dancing friends.
Wondering how to get started learning and making new friends? Here goes:
- Ballroom Dance Studios. Try a Guest Party, Open House, or free/reduced rate sample lesson.
- Independent Ballroom Dance Instructors can be found at websites such as www.takelessons.com.
- Adult Education Classes offered by local school systems.
- Gyms or Social Clubs sometimes schedule ballroom dance classes as a part of their group class offerings.
- Virtual lessons online are easy to access. Take your pick of courses from websites like www.cmuse.org/learn-ballroom-dance-lessons-online/.
- YouTube Videos, Tutorials, and Performances are great for inspiration.
- Friends, family, or neighbors who dance might be just what you’re looking for. Just push back the rug and the couch for an instant dance studio. Cha Cha Cha!
Is it hard to learn to dance?
Learning to ballroom dance is not hard, but it is challenging. Actually, the most difficult thing is deciding what to learn. There are lots of dances and styles to choose from. Some examples are Swing, Salsa, Country Western, and Tango. The Dance Safari post, “Don’t Let Fear Stop You From Learning Partner Dancing” will explain everything you need to know about the different styles. Get acquainted with various dances and you’re sure to find a few you love.
Ballroom dancers easily make friends with their dance buddies.
It’s all about sharing. Being generous with your time and skills is a good place to start. Reaching out to beginners and holding their hands as they take their first steps is so helpful. Never be shy about your enthusiasm for dancing. Remember this and you’re going to have friendly relationships both on and off the dance floor.
Ballroom dancing is perfect for making new friends. As a member of the dance community, you’ll meet others who love dancing as much as you do. If you give it a chance, music and ballroom dancing will lead to new friends and a better social life. Do you know why? Because you can’t do it alone. Now, get out there and make a new friend through ballroom dancing. You won’t be sorry!