There’s nothing more enjoyable than heading out onto the dancefloor for a boogie, whether it’s in a class, a club or just in your very own living room. Dancing offers something fun for everyone, from the age of 1 to 100. Whether you like ballet, ballroom, or just jumping around to the music, it’s awesome for fitness, boosting your mood and just general fun. It’s also a fantastic way to tire your little ones out, so you can be sure they’ll sleep peacefully in their comfy cots at night. So read on for 7 reasons you and everyone know should start dancing!
1) It’s Great For Your Mental Health
There’s something to be said for a form of exercise that involves your favourite tunes, your favourite people and leaves you feeling extremely happy at the end of it. It’s no big surprise to anyone who has felt the rush that comes with jumping around to your favourite song, that it’s great for your mental wellbeing! Adelle Cousins from The Jungle Body elaborates on this:
“I am a fitness instructor for the jungle body and we find that we have so many people affected by mental health and depression but when they come to class - that is forgotten about in that moment. And with time ….their mental health gets a lot better.
So my top tip would be … it helps with mental health!”
There you have it - next time you’re feeling down about something, push back the furniture and have a prance around. It will send your endorphins through the roof and make your spirits soar! To find out more from Adelle, check out The Jungle Body Tribe and have a look at their Facebook page too!
2) Dance Helps You Battle Mood Swings
Studies have shown that people who dance regularly are more even tempered, and are more easily able to avoid dips in their moods. This is true of many forms of exercise - and dance in particular is said to help exponentially with concentration levels!
This means you should get your little ones started early, as they are bound to end up having better levels of focus at school, and just in general. The benefits of dance can extend to young ones, before they are even up on their feet. Mothers who take up dance shortly after giving birth find that they are able to drop the baby weight easily with low impact exercise, and overall are more likely to avoid postpartum depression. Happy mummy equals happy baby, and after a dance class you’re bound to have a smile on your face when you settle into a nursing chair with your infant.
3) You Can Do It Anywhere, At Any Time
How many activities are 100% portable, so that no matter where you are in the world you can drop everything and just have a great time for 5-10 minutes when you need an escape. Lady Vee from BeWitchFul Confidence shares more on this tip:
“Dance is about movement not routines or “doing the right steps”. Have you heard of dance walking? Search YouTube. You’ve probably done it without knowing it was called dance walking. Then there is the iconic scene from Risky Business of Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear at home… do it at home … do it whilst vacuuming, washing the dishes, making the bed or what-have-you. Have you ever stood in line or somewhere and then done ANY sort of movement with your body whilst listening to a song (even if the song is only playing in your head)? That’s dancing. The only thing stopping you is … you, from doing it ‘anywhere, anytime’.”
It’s far less complicated than you think! Anytime you need a pick-me-up, just drop what you’re doing and shake it to your favourite tunes. You’re bound to go back to whatever you were doing with renewed joy and a refreshed attitude. Check out Lady Vee on Facebook and Twitter for more inspiring information.
4) Dance Opens You Up To New Experiences
For all you dancers, or wannabe dancers out there, know that it can lead to a lifetime full of new experiences, especially if you start out young! Peter Oxford, founder and managing director of Showcase Australia, shares more on his experiences as a dancer and the benefits it has brought him:
“Dance has always played a central role in my life and it is one of the reasons I am still alive today. I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 12-months-old, and began dancing at 5. Taking up dance was an invaluable experience for me and it has really allowed me to develop a healthier body and better self-esteem. It is great for lung function and has allowed me to continue living my life to the absolute fullest. I danced professionally until my 30s and it has lead me to adventure and opportunities I otherwise would not have had the chance of experiencing. Dance uses all parts of the body and is a sport anyone can excel in. Now I am older I can still be a legend on the dance floor. The best advice I can give is to live your life to the fullest and give new experiences a go, you never know where a dance could take you!”
Dance knows no bounds with what amazing experiences it can bring you, and is quite the hobby or professional pursuit to take up, no matter your age. Encourage your little ones to get involved as young as possible. To find out more about Peter, check out his Facebook page.
5) Dance Develops Spatial Awareness & Creativity
It’s always great to take up activities that benefit us or develop our skill set in some way or another. Dance makes us more physically aware, and stimulates the artistic parts of our brain simultaneously. Louise Proctor, writer for Christian Brethen Community Services, shared the following with us:
“Dancing helps create spatial awareness. Ever been in a room full of people and no matter what you do, you can’t stop knocking into people or bumping into things? You’re not alone. In fact, all humans are born with a lack of spatial awareness. It’s actually a learned behaviour and often many people grow up without learning about spatial awareness at all - ever driven in Sydney traffic? Dancing is proven to help people identify the spaces around themselves and the amount of room a person actually takes up.
Creativity. Whether you’re a creative person or not, we all have elements of our bodies that engage in creativity. One way or another. Dancing can be a great way to explore the creative side of your brain, not only physically but mentally this can be a really satisfying thing to do. It connects us to our capacity to think creatively and our ability to explore self-expression.”
Check out the company’s Facebook page as well! As you can see, beyond just mental health, dance can help you develop physically and expand your horizons beyond belief.
6) Learning More About Your Body
The truth is most of us are painfully unaware of our own physicality and anatomy, and dance is one way of changing that! Alexandra Kiroi comes from a family that is heavily involved with dance and is a 15 year old Elite International level Rhythmic gymnast, who trains at Prahan Rhythmic Gymnastics Specialist Centre. She comments below on how dance teaches you more about your own physicality:
“Dance teachers you a lot about your body, it improves coordination and exercises various groups of muscles that may not work during other activities and at times it enables you to do things that you would not be able to do without practicing dance. This can be useful to anyone, however it is of extra importance for athletes who do sport like gymnastics or figure skating. Training sessions for these sports incorporate dance classes and choreography.”
There are just so many reasons to encourage your family to get active, through athletics or dance (whether socially or competitively). It’s never too early to start, have your little ones bopping around to their favourite songs in their prams before they even start walking! To find out more from Alexandra, follow her athletic journey on Facebook, Instagram on Youtube.
7) Endorphins Are Awesome!
As mentioned, dance is great for physical fitness and becoming a more athletic, healthy person! There’s no explaining how great the rush of endorphins can feel, and you simply have to experience it for yourself. Cerise Ellen is an ex ballerina who now teaches dance, and she shares her views on this:
“After 16 years of ballet I hung up my tutu and became a freelance dance teacher, and I was amazed at the joy dance brought all my students. I’ve taught people with learning disabilities, children as young as 3-years old, and teenagers through to 65-year old adults - Dance is truly for everyone!
The endorphins from exercise and fun you can have in a group class makes dance a fantastic means to stay fit, with both your mind and body.”
As you can see, dance is great for everyone - no matter your age, gender, style or personality. There’s bound to be a dance form for you out there, whether it’s the casual style of hip-hop or the strictness of ballet and latin ballroom. Just getting moving in general is great, so start exercising with your kids and you’ll find that physical activity which involves creativity, such as dance, will help you connect with your loved ones more than ever before.