Top Ten Reasons to Start Dancing as an Adult

Miss Dance By Miss Dance, 18th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Ever thought of signing up for dance class? Now's your chance! Read about some great benefits this form of exercise can have.

Dancing as an Adult - the Benefits

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? Even at thirty, fifty or seventy years old, you can start taking classes in almost any style you like - even ballet! 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, which is most likely optional for adults. This will give you a chance to show the world what you have learned, and give you a Goal to work towards. 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!
Happy dancing!


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author avatar Miss Dance
I currently live in Switzerland, my passion is dance, especially ballet. In my articles I will try to share this passion with both established dancers and newbies :)

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author avatar Johnny Knox
18th Jun 2013 (#)

Interesting article and you have made some good points about the beneficial effects of dancing.

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author avatar philpalm
19th Jun 2013 (#)

Hopefully a lot of adults make the transition from beginner to good enough dancer.

There is some pressure for men to know the steps especially if he is leading the dance. Thanks for joining wikinuts.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
21st Jun 2013 (#)

I love dancing in clubs and at home, I mostly dance at home now, as there are not too many clubs for men my age, but yes I feel on fire (in a good way) when I am dancing and free.

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