Ballroom Dancing Improves Men’s Health

Dance to improve men's health

It’s time to focus on men’s health and Fred Astaire Dance Studios is encouraging men to spend time on the dance floor to celebrate Men’s Health Week in June.


By working hard to smash the patriarchy, women are helping relieve some of the stress men face by sharing the household financial burden. More than half of American families today are dual-income, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Yet, keeping up with the Joneses, climbing the corporate ladder, and sharing childcare responsibilities are still taking a toll on men’s health.


Nearly half of men in the United States over the age of 20 are obese, and 58% do not get enough exercise. The leading causes of death for men are heart disease, cancer, and COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The research on mental health among men is even more troubling. More than 6 million men in the U.S. suffer from depression per year, and suicide rates are higher among males.


In an effort to get men to focus on their health, International Men’s Health Week encourages men to get annual check-ups, eat a nutritious diet, and exercise. Whether it’s taking a nap or hitting the links, men are encouraged to hold space for themselves throughout the week. International Men’s Health Week ends on Father’s Day every year and was designed to raise awareness and improve the state of men’s health in the United States and across the globe. Former Senator Bob Dole and former Congressman Bill Richardson sponsored a bill in Congress to create International Men’s Health Week in 1994 as a tool to foster early detection of disease and tackle preventable health concerns.


Achieve Health Benchmarks by Dancing

One way that men can focus on their health during International Men’s Health Week is by scheduling a ballroom dance lesson with their partner at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. A ballroom dance lesson does double duty by providing both a low-impact workout and relieving stress. Ballroom dance lessons burn calories, increase stamina, and improve flexibility. Regular dance lessons can help men lose weight and increase muscle strength. It’s also a great way to reconnect with your spouse in a fun atmosphere.


Check out these dads who aren’t afraid to bust a move to entertain their kids.


In this video clip, a dad joins his daughter to perform a TikTok dance challenge while they were staying at home to flatten the curve during the early days of the pandemic.

Take a look at this dad who surprises his daughter by dancing behind her to Silentó’s “Watch Me.” The dad’s joy at his trickery and his smooth moves are endearing. Make sure and watch until the end!

The fathers of dancers at Kootenay DanceWorks in British Columbia feel the beat during a recital.

Schedule a Dance Lesson at FADS

Give your health a boost by taking some time between work, coaching youth sports, and watching the Stanley Cup Finals to schedule a ballroom dancing lesson. To learn more about ballroom dance lessons at your local Fred Astaire Dance Studios location, click here.