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Why Ballroom Dancing?

by Jersey Dance Team on 10/16/11

Why Ballroom Dancing?

Ballroom dancing has become very popular.  TV shows have brought a ton of positive attention.  Many people, however, are not aware of the many benefits of dancing and people shy away from dancing because they feel that they will not be "good enough" and might embarrass themselves.

As a teacher, I have had the honor of introducing many people to dancing and they all have two things in common. One is that they had the desire to dance for a long period of time (usually a few years) but were too scared to come in and take a lesson. The second is that after a few lessons, they wish they had come to learn to dance much earlier. You have nothing to lose by taking a dance lesson and everything to gain.

First, there is a physical benefit. Dancing is great exercise and is much more fun than going to the gym. A night of dancing is a lot healthier and a lot more fun than going to see a movie, and many trainers say that the best type of exercise is any activity you will consistently stick to. Not to mention, holding correct posture (one of the skills you will learn from dancing) makes you look 10 pounds thinner!

Dancing also trains balance as well as posture. These two seemingly simple concepts have a great deal of benefits. Having correct posture promotes spinal health. Also, when you stand straight, your organs are not cramped and have the proper room to work. You will have a good deal more energy without changing anything else. Balance improves agility and you will develop core strength while learning to improve your balance.

Dancing is a great social activity as well. At social dances, you will meet other students who already have one thing in common with you - an interest in dancing. I know many people who met at dance events and became good friends and sometimes even more!  If you are looking to spend time together with a special someone as a couple, dance lessons are great for that as well. You will not only spend time together, but you are learning a new skill and are creating something together. About 50% of the lessons I teach are to married couples.

Finally, there is the benefit that you will learn to dance. Dancing is an amazing activity. It allows people to learn how to use their bodies in new ways without being intimidated. Learning to dance makes you more graceful and will help build a sense of confidence.

With all these great benefits to dancing, there is no reason for you to wait any longer to take your first lesson!  Our lives are incredibly busy and we often put off those things we can do for ourselves until “later”.  Dancing allows us to start taking care of ourselves.
-- Jen


Comments (2)

1. Christianne said on 2/29/12 - 07:58AM
I love your musing about dancing! My life has really been enhanced by dancing: mind, body, and spirit! I've been enjoying Tybaldt, Chi, and Chris, and look forward to more with Jersey Dance - can't wait for practice dances and socials! And to meet you, Jen!
2. Jen said on 3/2/12 - 09:23PM
So glad to hear that Christianne! Hope to meet you soon as well!

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