Flexibility - Feel the extension in your arms, legs and waist as you stretch to create beautiful body lines. This can increase your blood circulation, range of motion in your joints and reduce muscle tension. This way, as you get older, you may still be able to pick up that wallet you keep dropping without causing any injuries!
Social Atmosphere- Sharing a smile with your teacher and fellow students can translate to a good mood in an instance. Meeting new people and socializing is part of the dancing experience!
Exercise- Body isolation, quick steps, arm movements, turns, spins, kicks, jumps make for a great workout that is a lot more fun than staring at a white wall while running on your treadmill in the basement!
Endurance - Whether you are dancing the Samba at 50bpm (bloody fast), or the Tango at 33bpm, after regular repeated 45-minute class sessions, running the marathon may just get back on your to-do-list after all.
Stress- Relief- Believe it or not, dancing is a form of meditation! The next time you are dancing just ask yourself: What am I thinking about? You will probably never get to ask yourself this question, because you will not be thinking! You will be dancing! In the worst case, you may be thinking about your next dance move! I doubt any office or home problems will rise to the surface till long after the class ends. A much needed break!
Body Toning- Forget your dumbbells and tone your body through dancing instead.
Posture Awareness- In dancing you will often be told to stretch your neck to the ceiling and NEVER LOOK AT THE FLOOR. Imagine transferring what you learned in your dance class to your everyday life! Feel your back aches disappear as your spine alignment improves.
Confidence- Dancing socially in public or performing at dance competitions/shows will make your feel much more confident in your daily life too. You will begin to move away from your comfort zone and move toward new unknown territories to experience the full and exciting life you always wanted.
Improved Balance- Having learned the correct technique, posture awareness, frame and connection with your partner, your balance will improve also. Who says only circus performers can walk the tightrope?
Elegance & Grace- “Smooth moves, light feet, soft touch, pleasing to the eye, stylish", are just some of the comments you will hear from people who see you dance. Who knows maybe someone may even call you charming?
How About It's Just A Lot Of Fun?
By: Leonid Turetsky
Professional Latin & Ballroom Dance Instructor