Ballroom dancing is a wonderful pastime for people of all ages, and this holiday season, dancers have a lot to be thankful for. Dancing enriches the mind, body and soul unlike anything else. Dance is a tremendously worth-while endeavor that will truly enrich your life.
First and foremost, dancing is fun! In today’s world, stress is more prevalent than ever and can be especially pronounced during the holiday season. According to a study conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), prolonged stress can lead to serious health issues. When under stress, the stomach can become nauseous or flutter, breathing may become difficult, and even the reproductive system may be negatively affected.
It’s incredibly important to find an outlet to release pent up stress, and dance is the ideal de-stressor. Stepping into a dance studio can help you take a break from reality, meet new people and let loose. Dance provides the perfect avenue to explore new music and new movements. Through dance, you’ll learn more about yourself at a deeper level and leave your worries behind.
Many dancers are also thankful for an exciting way to enjoy exercise. Trying to work up the motivation to hit the gym can be difficult, and dance is the perfect solution. Whirling around a dance studio allows you to be creative and free, but it will still get your heart rate up, engage your core and use muscles that often aren’t worked with typical exercises. Getting healthy isn’t nearly as hard when you have fun doing it!
In the long run, your body isn’t the only thing to benefit from dance – your mind will thank you, too! According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, dancing has been shown to help prevent and treat dementia. Dancing engages your mind, emotions and body in a unique way that can help you live a healthier, happier and longer life.
Finally, having a creative outlet is definitely something to be thankful for. Dance is beautiful, and whether you are improvising your own dance or executing choreography, you are utilizing the creative side of your brain. Taking a step back from the inevitable trials and tribulations of everyday life to do something creative can truly enhance the quality of your life. Dance has made a lasting impact on millions of lives, and for that we, as dancers, are thankful.
Fred Astaire Dance Studios would love to help you discover the beauty of dance. Founded by Fred Astaire himself, we have a long history of helping dancers of all ages get in touch with their inner creativity. For more information and to find a studio near you, visit FredAstaire.com.