We all know physical activity of any kind is good for your body. Obviously we know dancers have pretty amazing physiques (we have seen dancing with the stars after all.) But do you know that dancing is actually more than just a healthy hobby for your body? We’ve been seeing reports being published almost weekly about connections being made with dancing helping to alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The research is showing that not only is dancing good for your body, but also for the brain and the soul!
- Confidence: Who doesn’t need more of that stuff!? Starting off is the hardest part, after a short time you begin to learn that you can overcome the challenge. You will start to realize that you can achieve anything if you focus and work hard. In dance, dedication and practice always pay off. A good dance teacher also encourages each person to be the best that she or he can be. Because of the nature of Ballroom Dancing you are often asked to stretch your level of comfort, mentally, physically and emotionally. Like any exercise, pushing past our fears and conceived limitations leads to growth. It also becomes less intimidating to try new things the next time you have a chance.
- Social Life: Fred Astaire Dance studios usually have a weekly party or “practice session”. There are also many events outside of the studio to participate in and practice your dancing. These events and parties are an excellent chance to practice your social skills. They’re also a great place to meet people with a similar interest of dancing. Also, for those who are shy or lacking in self-confidence, a dance class offers a safety net of rules and repetition of partners.
- Mental Health: The results of some of the studies of dancing relieving symptoms of dementia have been staggering. Dancing involves using use both sides of your brain: one half for technique and control and the other for creativity and artistry. Dance can therefore increase brain productivity and increase attention spans. Also listening to music helps people think and express themselves more creatively and like the sense of smell can bring a person “back” to a certain time.
- Emotional Health: Everyone needs to unwind after a long day at the office or taking care of little ones. Stress relief is a huge benefit of dancing but there is also a need to express emotion. When we dance we tell a story with our bodies and when two people dance together they tell that story as a couple. There is a masculine and feminine part to play and ballroom dancing covers every aspect of the emotional spectrum. From romantic and flirtatious to anger to bliss, each different dance has an emotional character to it. Learning to ballroom dance gets you very in tune with how to convey the emotion that you’re trying to communicate. That sounds like a lesson we could all use!
- Be the best version of yourself: Who is the most interesting person you know? I’d be willing to bet it’s someone confident enough to take a few risks and has a social ease about them that just makes it easy to have a conversation. I have seen many students of ballroom dance come out of their cocoon as a beautiful butterfly. Between the new friends and self image, and stretching your self imposed personal boundaries. Ballroom dancing helps people discover the purest, most uninhibited side of themselves and the confidence to let that person shine through.
ARE YOU READY TO START DANCING?
At Fred Astaire Dance Studios we teach Ballroom and Latin Dance to people of all ages & abilities with or without a partner. We have found that dancing brings out the best in people and have made it our personal mission to touch as many lives with our passion for Ballroom dance as possible. Our students call us “the happiest, friendliest spot in town” due to our welcoming & encouraging staff & atmosphere. We hope that you stop in to see for yourself!