For thousands of years, dance has provided a way to engage in physical activity, counter negativity and psychological disorders, self-express, and increase positivity and ones physical and mental health.
As a dancer myself, with a background primarily in Ballroom dance, I have received many benefits through my years of dancing. Dance has taught me more than just steps; it encourages me to remain positive, and continually teaches me the beauty of individuals, the power of physical activity, and the joy that can come through the combination of partnership, music, and movement. Listed below are three of the many remarkable benefits that dance provides.
1.Dance gets you moving.
Dance is a very beneficial form of aerobic exercise. Over the years, as more research has accumulated on the physical benefits of dance, studies have shown that not only can you lose weight by dancing (a common reason for participating in dance), but that it can change and improve other aspects to physical health, likely improving one’s quality of life and self-perception. Some of the many benefits include: improved heart and lung health, increased muscular strength and endurance, stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis. Dance can also improve balance, coordination, flexibility, agility, and spatial awareness. Due to the variety of benefits that dance provides it makes it an amazing form of exercise that can be enjoyed and extremely valuable for all ages!
2. Dance can counteract many negative psychological disorders and habits.
Research shows that dance provides relief, improvement, and even sometimes complete healing from many psychological disorders such as depression or eating disorders, and can assist those struggling with abuse, trauma, violence, and sickness. While a disordered participation and influence of dance can also occasionally increase or exacerbate various psychopathologies, such as body image obsession, eating disorders, or negative self-perception, there is far more research emphasizing the benefits that dance provides to those struggling with these challenges. How does dance counteract these psychological disorders and harmful habits? It does so by reducing stress, creating space to self-express and heal, and physically by increasing levels of serotonin, the “feel good” neurotransmitter that assists in regulating anxiety, happiness, and mood.
3. Dance increases positive physical and mental well-being.
As listed above, dance can chemically increase feelings of happiness by the release of serotonin produced when enjoying this form of physical activity. There are also many social benefits associated with dance, such as connection and communication with others, learning respect, appreciation, and confidence, as well as potentially increasing empathy and self-acceptance when we allow ourselves to self-express and feel more present in our bodies. This deepening connection of mind and body has been shown to increase happiness and positivity. Not only does dance provide us with an outlet to be more present with ourselves—and others—but it is fun! Dance is a beautiful fusion of physical activity and music, both of which have significant benefits to ones mind and body.
As there are countless styles of dance, there is something for everyone! Whether you prefer partner or solo dances, they can all provide remarkable benefits physically, mentally, socially, and psychologically.
Please join us on Saturday, April 22nd for a free Recovery Workshop from 12:00-1:00pm! Or contact Kirkland Dance Center for more information regarding their wonderful selection of classes.
Kirkland Dance Center teaches a variety of classes including Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, and Lyrical/Contemporary.