There are millions of people who dance. People dance in clubs, at special events, festivals, and studios all over the world, and it is a prized occupation for many. If you are looking for a new hobby, why not try some dance classes? This short guide will outline the ten most important factors which make dance such a versatile and satisfying hobby to many.
1. There is something for everyone.
From classical ballet to hip hop, salsa to ballroom dancing, there are so many different styles of dancing, that you are sure to find something that fits your interests and needs. There are classes for children, teenagers, adults, and 50+, so no matter your age, there will be a suitable class for you.
2. Dancing makes you happy.
It is scientifically proven that physical exercise releases several chemical substances, such as endorphins, which will cause a person to feel euphoria and a general sense of wellbeing. Coupled with the enjoyable music which almost always accompanies dance classes, the exercise involved in dancing will certainly make you feel better.
3. It’s a great way to exercise.
Ever feel guilty about not exercising enough? Ever wish there was a fun way to burn those calories? Well, here it is. Depending on the style of dancing and the level, this activity can be very strenuous, which, on top of being fun, can help you with your fitness.
4. You meet new people.
Classes are usually held in groups, so this is a way to meet interesting new people and engage in a social activity.
5. It jogs your brain.
Believe it or not, dancing really helps train your brain. The steps you will learn to memorize as well as repeat in certain sequences may well help you increase your memorizing capacity and prevent memory loss.
6. It helps you get in touch with your body.
The most important tool for dancing is your own body. You are working with it, helping it to develop certain abilities such as stamina, flexibility, coordination and balance, at the same time getting to know yourself and your strengths and weaknesses.
7. Dance develops self-confidence.
The more you dance, the better you get, the more self-confidence you can build up. In working closely with yourself as well as getting input from other people, you can be sure to feel the effects of this on your mind as well as your body.
8. Learn more about other cultures.
Different forms of dance originate from different countries around the world. For example, there are Latin Dances from South America, Bellydance from India, or Flamenco from Spain. In participating in such an activity, you get to learn new things about a certain culture, and thereby widen your horizons. Another great option is to learn a dance form that originates from your own country, so that you get to learn more about your own heritage and culture.
9. Opportunities to shine
Often, a studio will have a performance once or twice a year. This will give you a chance to show the world what you have learned, and give you a motivation to work for. It is in some way the end product of those hours spent in the studio, and will bring additional opportunities to communicate and work with others.
10. Impress your friends
Ever felt out of place on the dance floor? Well, if you take lessons your dancing is sure to improve, so that next time you are out with your friends, you can be proud of the way you move to the beat!
In short, dancing is an enjoyable activity which will benefit your mind and body alike. Just remember, you don’t need to be an expert to take a dance class. The whole point of class is to improve and to have fun, there should be no unwanted pressure!