5 Reasons to Ballroom Dance
Throughout our dance careers, both James and I have experienced a lot that has not only taught us how to be better dancers and teachers, but it has also shed light on how to look after ourselves in general. Some of these things, will be obvious, others, maybe not so much. So, I just thought I’d share my own personal reasons why I think dancing is good for almost everybody.
1. It’s a form of light impact, physical activity (which can turn into high impact!) for any age
Hopefully, we all know by now that physical exercise is important for our general health. Many people have a sedentary lifestyle working at a desk and driving to work for example. Therefore finding ways of doing something physical that you enjoy is important. I don’t need to list all the benefits but two key things are that it helps keep your weight healthy, and more importantly promotes those good endorphins that we all need to thrive.
2. It makes you think!
I remember my Grandparents always doing crosswords, puzzles, card games and the like. They said it helped them to think better, and the same goes for dancing especially if it’s something you are not used to doing normally. There is so much to learn about dancing, just working out the steps to start with, then trying to do them with a partner. Also trying to do them in time with the music! All of the challenges involved mean you need to focus and concentrate which is good for those brains. Even if you feel you can’t remember it all, just trying to remember it all is helping. Plus, when you finally get something that you’ve been struggling with previously, it gives a great sense of achievement.
3. It’s a social activity
Dancing usually involves learning in small or large groups, which means socializing and perhaps meeting new friends. I’ve seen couples become friends with other couples, singles meet and relationships spark. I’ve also seen shy people, really come out of their shells too. Even if you’re a bit of a hermit (like me!), the social aspect of dancing is good fun and interesting as you meet people from all walks of life.
4. There are different levels of dancing that you can aim for
There are a number of different ways you can enjoy your dancing. Some of us only want to learn for fun and enjoy the social outing, doing something physical and light hearted. Our classes are designed so that this is the most important aspect, having fun, no matter if you’re getting it completely right or not. Our philosophy is that it doesn’t have to be perfect and you don’t need to be absolutely amazing, ready to take the world by storm on BGT! It’s all about the enjoyment and those endorphins remember! On the other hand, if you do fancy challenging yourself further and doing the best you can, you can choose to take an exam or even compete! There are exams and competitions to suit all levels and ages. Doing these usually requires more time, practice and lessons. However, the sense of achievement you get is very rewarding.
5. It increases self-awareness
By this, I mean you suddenly become more sensitive to what your body is telling you. When people start dancing they start thinking about their posture and how they move their legs, feet & arms. Suddenly you are tuning into your body more, which also means you can pick up on those aches and pains more too. However, I feel this is a good thing, obviously you can then start to address what your body needs – more water, massage, stretching for example. If you are more self-aware, you can improve your overall lifestyle and health.