Why Should You Take Dance Classes?
We should never stop learning – does this phrase sound familiar to you? Of course, it does. We’ve all heard it at least hundreds of times. But, the thing is, we don’t like to apply it. We love our comfort zone, so trying new things may seem pretty scary to some of us (if not to all). But, as it turns out each time, once we try something new, we ask ourselves “Why haven’t I done this years ago”? Similarly, most people love to dance and “would love to take dance classes” but still, they never do.
In case you are considering taking dance classes, but are still having second thoughts (due to the reason we mentioned above), this article is a good place to give you a boost of confidence.
We bring you the reasons of why you should start taking dance classes. No matter if you are a teenager, an adult, or an older person, dancing is a great way to stay healthy, be in a good shape, improve your social life, and simply enjoy life.
Why Should You Dance?
There are many benefits of dancing for your body, mind, and spirit, keeping our well-being on top shape. So let’s see why you should take dance classes.
Dancing keeps our body healthy and strong
The first benefit of dance is that it keeps our mind and body active in so many ways, therefore we feel young and energized. The aging process slows down, and our body is much stronger, allowing us to move with confidence.
Steps, technique, and choreography that dancers must learn and practice, require of them to develop and improve coordination, balance, flexibility, stamina, strength and be under the perfect control of their body. All of this help dancers be confident and aware of themselves.
Dancing improves our circulation and our stamina, burning our calories (5-10 calories per minute, depending on what you are dancing). Moreover, dance is perfect for people who are at risk of getting cardiovascular disease, as well as for lowering the risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
Dancing enhances our heart health, improves our breathing, and is also good for our bones. Speaking of that, dance can greatly reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Because of all these benefits, dancing is ideal for seniors, because it helps keep their mind and body active. According to one study, seniors who took tango classes twice a week (over 10 weeks) improved their balance, posture, and motor coordination compared to their walking counterparts. In addition to that, their ability to do complex mental tasks also improved.
Furthermore, dance can also help with Parkinson’s disease. According to a 2014 study, tango helped patients who suffer from this disease. Namely, after taking tango lessons over two years, their balance improved, and they were able to do daily activities much easier.
Like all this isn’t impressive enough, dance also improves our memory. This is due to all those steps and routines we have to learn. So, our brain stays active, quick, and alert.
Dancing relieves stress
It is not uncommon that when we feel stressed or are simply not in the mood, we play your favorite music. Well, the same goes for dance.
Dancing when we feel low is one of the best ways to boost our mood, and help us cope with stress and challenging situations.
Going to dance classes helps us socialize
Dance classes are great for meeting new, interesting folks since people of different professions, ages, and personalities come to a dance studio. On top of that, dance is fun. Which is why so many people go to dance classes. A dance studio is a perfect place to have a good laugh with your partner, and leave feeling energized.
The best part is that you meet new people without any pressure; it happens naturally. Who knows, you might even meet your future girlfriend/boyfriend there.
In case you already have a partner, the two of you should start taking dance classes together. This is a great way to bring the spark up in your relationship, and add more joy and excitement to it.
Dance is a tool for self-expression
Dancers are confident in all they do – the way they walk, they talk, they practice, and of course, dance. Sure, they have doubts and fears; we all do. But, what dance does is that it helps you boost your self-esteem, and be confident.
In order to dance well, you have to express your creativity, emotions and your passion, creating art. And when you do that for years, well, confidence and self-expression become natural to you.
Dancing helps you build up useful skills
Dance helps you develop the vital skills vital for success, in every area of your life. So, in a dance studio, you not only learn how to dance, but you also learn how to tackle ups and, downs, criticism, and success.
Dancing helps you build determination, self-discipline, and resilience because you will fail thousands of times and each time you need to keep moving forward. So, dancing is hard and requires both mental and physical strength. But, in the end, it is well worth it, because you learn to push through the hard times and stay positive.
We hope that this article helped you see that it is high time for you to start taking dance classes. The most important benefit of dance is that it makes you more invested in yourself. All those hours of training, learning, and dancing will challenge you both physically and emotionally, so you’ll have to push your own limits, and grow.
Thanks to dance you will become aware of your body, its strength, and weaknesses. However, you will also become aware of your mind, and your emotions, allowing yourself to be who you really are and breakthrough. So, in the long run, dance can help you be the best version of yourself by constantly overcoming obstacles, boosting your creativity, widening your horizons and moving forward.
Drop down in the comments section below the reasons YOU started dancing
Photography: Stefan Strassenburg Photography
I always loved dancing, but I started with ballroom dance six months ago, because I didn’t have chance to start earlier. However, now that I do, I want to make the most out of it. Never stop believing in yourself and give your best to make your dreams come true. As Les Brown said: “Shoot for the Moon, because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”.