Ballroom dancing is “in” like never before, with scores of new studios both for adults and kids opening everywhere across the US, and people of all ages joining in the fun. So is it hype, propelled by popular shows like Dancing with the Stars, or is there something to ballroom dancing that just keeps so many people coming back for more?
The secret is simple: for many ballroom dancing becomes a lot more than a hobby or a fun pass time. Dancing turns into a new lifestyle filled with events, friendships, excitement and to top it all off a slew of heath benefits. Check out all the reasons why ballroom dancing may be just the thing you need to try out for yourself.
New Social Life
If you are getting bored and tired of the same people around you, and would like to expand your social circle, ballroom dancing will provide you plenty of opportunities. From dancing class to going out to ballroom dancing events, you will be meeting many new people from all walks of life. In fact, ballroom dancing classes and events are a melting pot for people of wide age ranges, racial, cultural and occupational backgrounds. With all the studio practice dance parties, local, regional and national competitions and nights out on the town allow dancers to have a full social calendar.
Uplifting and Fun
Few activities can be as cheerful and exciting as ballroom dancing. Low energy, sadness and lack of spirit have no place on the dance floor. While you will need to practice and concentrate in the beginning, instruction will happen in a fun, lively atmosphere; you will be surrounded by happy, smiling people and awesome music. Once you learn how to dance, it will be sheer fun and joy.
Truly Beautiful Interactions
The beauty of ballroom dancing is that it really brings people together. It is a great opportunity to make connections with people in a low-pressure environment, where there are no expectations. You will meet interesting people you would have otherwise had no chance of meeting. The best part is that they will all share in your new passion for ballroom dancing, and this common ground is often the beginning of lasting friendships. Among ballroom dancers, there is a real sense of community that is not only fun, but is also supportive, warm and welcoming.
The vast health benefits of ballroom dancing are well documented both by scientific research and confirmed by dancers themselves. Ballroom dancing improves your cardiovascular system, helping to prevent heart disease. It will noticeably improve your posture and body alignment, as well as strengthen your body’s core abdominal muscles. As you practice dancing, you will become more flexible, agile, and graceful both on and off the dance floor. Ballroom dancing is also a superb weight loss treatment, helping you burn as much as 400 calories in one hour, all while you are having fun. To top it all off, dancing will improve your mental acuity and has been scientifically proven to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease in older people who dance on a regular basis.
Improve Your Self-Confidence
For anybody who is shy, ballroom dancing is a simple, but effective way to boost self-confidence and improve social skills. You will be not only practicing new dance moves, but will also be learning how to dance with many different people. Every new partner will present opportunities to improve your comfort level and communication skills, as these will be essential on the dance floor. As you see improvements in your dance technique and feel more at ease with other people, your sense of accomplishment, motivation and confidence will continue to increase. Moreover, you will notice these wonderful new qualities take root in all areas of your life, not just on the dance floor.
Ballroom dancing is a wonderful creative outlet, allowing you to discover and release your emotions and feelings through movement. Dancing is natural, and anyone can learn to move and express their feelings through these movements, it just takes some practice. Sooner than you may imagine, you will discover a rhythm and grace in your body that you didn’t know you had. In fact, dancing can become a truly unique and creative way for you to express yourself with passion and share this creativity with others.