You may never have thought of yourself as a dancer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn. Dance is about more than just the right shoes and movements. Just taking a weekly dance class can be a wonderful way to enrich your life, and the skills you learn dancing will pour into every other aspect of your life. Here are just a few ways that making dance a part of your life can benefit you, no matter who you are:
Nothing will help you to be more in touch with your body than learning to dance. With dance, your whole body is your art medium, so if something isn’t at peak health, you’ll notice. The constant, flexible movement of dance can help strengthen your muscles, burn calories and push the boundaries of what you can do physically in the same way that any exercise can. If you find a good dance instructor, one that makes health a priority, they can also help you take steps to prevent injury so you can continue to thrive. And it’s not just physical health that learning to dance can improve. Dance provides a healthy way to relieve stress by pouring it all out into your performance.
Dance takes courage, poise, and hours upon days of practice to perfect. In learning to dance, you’ll learn to hold and move your body with poise, and you’ll find that poise will carry over into other aspects of your life. You’ll carry yourself differently. You’ll look at yourself differently. Like any art form, dance is ultimately a method of self-expression. There’s no better feeling than putting your heart and soul into your dance and knowing you gave it all you had. A dancer knows what their limits are, and they also know with certainty what they’re capable of.
Learning to dance is not easy, nor should it be. It takes precision, timeliness, and rigorous rehearsal. If you don’t give dance your full effort, you won’t perform well. So, through dance, many students learn the value of diligence and discipline. Knowing you have a team counting on you makes discipline even more essential. A dance team is a cohesive unit. Everyone needs to show up and everyone needs to make the same amount of effort, or the whole team will suffer. Knowing how to work hard at something and knowing how to work with a team are skills that will help you no matter what path you choose in life.
You may not ever become a renowned professional ballet dancer. Maybe dance for you is just a new skill that you can learn or something to do on the weekends. Dance is not a career for everyone, and it should never be just a career for anyone. Whatever your reasons for learning, once dance is a part of your life, it will forever change the way you look at yourself and your work and the way others see you for the better.