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Why do people dance?

Dancing has been around for as long as anyone would care to remember. It’s popularity has waxed and waned but recently it has had a resurgance again with TV shows such as “Dancing With The Stars”, “So You Think You Can Dance” and with dance themed movies showing on the big screen.

What drives people to dance? If you just starting out or even thinking of starting, we have explored why people dance when for some of us, it’s a daunting task.

  • Fun Dancing is something that can brighten peoples lives. It’s relatively easy to do and people of all ages can take part and enjoy it. There is no age barrier in dancing unlike some forms of excercise. People often smile when they’re dancing because it feels good! (I’m not talking about theatrical smiles, although that probably started because people tend to naturally smile when they’re dancing.)
  • Making friends Dancing introduces you to new people, increasing your social circle. Dance links people together and it’s a great way of making new friends. There’s a common interest, and not too much pressure to talk because often people are focused on what their feet are doing.
  • Exercise Moving your body has plenty of health benefits both mentally and physically. Dancing is one of the best activities for working both your body as well as your mind. Health benefits include making bones stronger which minimizing the chances of osteoporosis, to keeping our joints lubricated which helps prevents athritis. Dancing also helps us exercise our minds with the moves that we learn and memorise, making our minds more alert and young.
  • Building Confidence By learning to dance you will learn how to carry yourself , correct your posture and build your self-esteem and self-confidence on and off the dance floor.
  • Decreasing Stress Dancing raises endorphin levels, which can help to heal stress and depression. It improves the harmony between our mind and body, giving us a sense of well-being.
  • Social expectations Dancing may not be your cup of tea and that’s fine. There are a few times in your life when it’s nice to know a few of the basics.  There will be occassions like weddings, work functions and even out clubbing where knowing how to dance, even if it is only a few moves will be beneficial. Having some knowledge of dancing up your sleeve may help you impress people.

Everybody has their own reasons for taking up dancing. They may have seen dancing on tv and feel inspired. Some do it to try something new, others just want to meet new people. Whatever your reason for coming along to dancing, you’ll find a community of people who like learning new things and having fun.

What are you reasons for taking up dancing? We’d love to hear from you, leave a comment and share your reasons with us.

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