3 Things Most People Don’t Know That Ballroom Dancing Does For You

A lot of people have overlooked the fact that ballroom dancing has at the very least three benefits.


First, it improves your poise and the presence that you take with you. It makes you more comfortable with your appearance and physique. If you get past your fear of dancing in front of many people, you become at ease in situations like meeting new people, speaking in front of a crowd, and sharing your knowledge to others. People around you become intrigued, fascinated, and see you in a different way than the way you perceive yourself. You’re no longer afraid of the way you speak, the way you write or the way you craft a software program. A lot of people have gotten away from understanding how their physical presence is being observed by other people. Not to mention how many people tend to hide behind shop talk.


runner's highNext, taking dance lessons can be good for releasing stress. Many people are worried that they’re unsure if they can make it. It’s actually a simple thing to do. You start to relax and you become absorbed as the music is played. You dance with a nice person that’s in front of you, remember the steps, and think about the laws of dance from your teacher. You truly forget about everything else when dancing…it’s amazing! It’s like playing a sports activity. It’s very absorbing for a lot of people. The rest of the world may not melt away but your problems or issues tend to go away. Unlike meditating wherein you’re in a sleep state, dancing makes you very focused and connected especially if you like the music or the song.


synapsIt’s like being in a car, singing out loud while driving fast! It’s a “yes” moment yet safer. You’re also invigorating your body and building those endorphins out there. Everybody knows that those make you feel better. It’s like watching a good movie that makes you laugh. Instead of just sitting and watching, you become part of the movie wherein you are actually moving around yourself. It really takes you into another place.


When you pituitary gland is pumping endorphins into your body, you may actually feel a strange sense of euphoria! A lot of runners experience this as “runner’s high”, where you feel stronger and more powerful despite being physically pushed near your limit.


Lastly, heeding and listening to your instructor’s teachings will surely have your core muscles toned properly and have more awareness of improving your posture. Some dancers find that they have lost a couple of inches around their waistlines. Some steps such as walking backwards tone muscles that are not being used in our normal routines. This results in having a leaner & taller appearance. Your midsection area becomes more worked out regardless of your desire to lose weight or not.

Who would have guessed ballroom dancing could do so much while being so much fun? The next time you want fun, a way to improve your poise and presence, de-stress or trim, firm and energize yourself, or get your “runner’s high” on… head for the dance studio. You will be more than pleasantly surprised!




Certified professional dance instructor/choreographer living in Newport News, VA Commutes to Richmond for over 15 years to teach. I enjoy helping people discover the power of dance in their lives. Regardless of your ability remember this, "anyone can learn to dance," and here's why you should say "Never": It can transform your life in ways you never thought possible. Introduce you to people you'd never meet and shape your confidence like never before.

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