Dancing has many benefits. As someone who has danced for many years, I have benefited greatly from dancing. It has personally helped me to find a partner, improve my health and to develop a great social life wherever I have travelled. Since teaching, I have watched people grow in confidence, meet their lifelong partners, learn to interact with the opposite sex more effectively and also improve their health. So I want to share with you 6 Reasons why I think dancing is good for you.
One of the best ways to destress is to try and take your mind off of things that may be playing on your mind. Dancing allows you to “let yourself go”, to just enjoy the music and to let off steam. Partner dancing is great for doing this as it requires you to focus your energy on leading or following your partner as well as making sure you are listening to the music. Also, the fun aspect of dancing leads to the release of endorphins…especially when you and your dance partner laugh together.
Dancing often requires moving your body in different ways. Dances that require spinning, turning and changing direction help to improve your balance by helping to find your centre of gravity. However, In a partner work dance, coordination is very important. This is because dancers quickly learn how to coordinate their steps with their partner’s whilst staying in time with the music.
Before most people learn to dance, they often tell me they “can’t dance” or that they have “two left” feet. However, after one lesson, most soon realise that they can dance. The journey of thinking you can’t dance to being able to dance can help to build one’s self-esteem and grow their confidence. It is natural to be anxious about learning something new. But often overcoming the fear and finding that you can do something increases the belief in yourself. Also, dancing encourages you to express yourself and in turn makes you feel more comfortable in your own skin. Despite what you think….you can dance!! Trust me, I’m a salsa teacher.
Improve your health
It’s no secret that physical activity helps to improve your health. But apart from helping you to burn calories, tone your muscles and generally improve your health, dancing offers other health benefits. For Diabetics, dancing can be used to help improve how they manage their insulin levels (diabetesjournals). Also, new research has shown that Dancing can help to improve Cholesterol by increasing good cholesterol and decreasing bad cholesterol.
Whilst there are some dances which are not very sociable…Drunken dad dancing anyone? … Dance classes are often very sociable. In our class in Swaffham (Norfolk), we find that everyone is quiet when dancing by themselves. However, as soon as we begin the partner work class, everyone begins talking and socialising. This is great because dancing should be a dance to have fun, meet new people and build strong friendships. Also, dances which have a social dance section, where you can practice and interact with others is a great way of making new friends.
Improve brain function
Psychologists have regularly said how doing a creative activity, such as dancing, can help you to improve your mind. However, recent research has shown that dancing can have even greater benefits. According to Psychology today blog, “regular aerobic training that incorporates some type of dance at least once a week, anyone can maximize his or her brain function”. I guess I now know why I am so smart……:-)
If you are interested in improving your mind, socialising, gaining confidence, improving your health, improving coordination or simply want to improve your health then now is a good time to start dancing. You’ll be amazed how much fun you will have and how quickly you will learn. But really, the main reason to dance is that it is fun. So get your shoes on and get dancing.
If you live in or around Mid Norfolk, then come and join us at our weekly Salsa classes in Swaffham. If you live outside of Norfolk, you can find a class near you. Simply go to google and search “dance classes”