builds character and confidence!
Dancing is a wonderful way for people of all ages to get and stay in shape. Besides being fun, dancing has many positive benefits towards one’s health. Following are the Top Four health benefits of dance.
Strength is defined as the ability of a muscle
to exert a force against resistance. Dancing builds strength by forcing the
muscles to resist against a dancer's own body weight. Many styles of dance,
including jazz and ballet, require jumping and leaping high into the air. Jumping and leaping require tremendous strength of
the major leg muscles. Ballroom dancing builds strength. Consider the muscle
mass a male ballroom dancer develops by lifting his partner above his
2. EnduranceDance is
physical exercise. Exercise increases endurance. Endurance is the ability of
muscles to work hard for increasingly longer periods of time without fatigue.
Regular dancing is great for improving endurance, especially vigorous dancing
such as line and ballroom dancing. Elevating the heart rate can increase
stamina. Just as in any form of exercise, regular dancing will build
3. Sense of
Dancing is a social activity. Studies have
shown that strong social ties and socializing with friends contribute to high
self-esteem and a positive outlook. Dancing provides many opportunities to meet
other people. Joining a dance class can increase self-confidence and build
social skills. Because physical activity reduces stress and tension, regular
dancing gives an overall sense of well-being.
Flexibility is an important part of being healthy. Dance
requires a great amount of flexibility. Most dance classes begin with a warm-up
including several stretching exercises. Dancers must strive to achieve full
range of motion for all the major muscle groups. The greater the range of
motion, the more muscles can flex and extend. Most forms of dance require
dancers to perform moves that require bending and stretching, so dancers
naturally become more flexible by simply dancing.