I am a dancer. I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living… In each it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.~Martha Graham, c.1953

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Dance? It means different things to different people: movement, expression of feelings or emotions, communication. For some people the word dance would bring out some visual associations, like a beautiful ballerina doing a pirouette, children dancing in the streets, or certain ethnic dances representing various cultures around the world. For me dance is one of the most beautiful forms of art, it is a way to express ideas and tell stories, reveal inner thoughts and emotions through human bodies and combinations of movements. Dance is a powerful tool that some people manage to acquire throughout their lives, and if this tool gets in the hands of smart and talented people, it can change the world into a better place for us and next generations to come. Here are 3 great reasons to learn dancing.

The first reason is pretty obvious and straightforward. Any dance form or style involves physical activity and therefore has a positive impact on one’s health and fitness. Any dance lesson includes cardio exercises, weight training with your own body weight, and stretching. This brings us to a list of countless health benefits: improving heart health and metabolism, protecting and strengthening bones, improving muscle strength and elasticity, burning calories, transforming fat into muscles, and preventing numerous diseases.

Another reason to start dancing is an opportunity to build confidence and improve your self-satisfaction. Dancers or athletes are known to project confidence and be more attractive than any other people. It comes from years of hard work and ability to get rid of any mental obstacles or insecurities on the way to achieving better results. You cannot become a good dancer if you have the wrong attitude – you must be able to push yourself hard and believe that anything is possible. Whoever manages to master this approach to life becomes a stronger individual who projects confidence, positivity and beauty from inside out.

Lastly, learning to dance gives us a lot of fun and brings positive emotions. It creates a great opportunity to have social integrations with others in a positive and encouraging environment. You can meet new people and make friends who already have a lot in common – passion for dance and desire to work on self-improvement. Go for a dance class whenever you feel down and you are guaranteed to come out with a better mood and a couple of new acquaintances to hang around with after.

Learning to dance can make us better people. It may sound like a difficult task at first, but if you think of it – it is really easy. If each person was able to get rid of insecurities, become healthier, more confident and have a better mood – this world would be a better place. So let’s not waste our time – let’s get up and dance!

Jerusha is a Bloger who writes about dancing courses. One of her sites Mississauga Dance Studio

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