When it comes to social dancing, one of the biggest parts that scares people away is that it is “social,” meaning that people are expected to interact with others that they may have never met before. Once you go a couple of times, however, you will find that it is easier to move around, try something new, or push yourself a little bit further. Allowing yourself to step out of your comfort zone and talk to someone new will increase your intrinsic motivation to come back as well as your social skills for future outings.
6 Benefits of Social Dancing
No matter what style of dance you are into, whether that is Zumba, Salsa, Swing, Tango, Ballet, etc., there is a multitude of various benefits it can provide for you, physically, socially, and emotionally. Even if you have never tried it, there is always a space for you on the dance floor. The greatest parts are that it is not required to have a partner when you start and everyone is there to have a great time– together!
1. Increased cardiovascular health
As we age, we know all too well how our health tends to decrease, particularly when it comes to heart health. We find it harder to move for longer periods of time without getting winded, our muscles don’t want to cooperate, and breathing becomes difficult. Moving around the dance floor builds our endurance and strengthens our heart to allow us to move freely without any pain.
2. Increased muscle tone, strength, and flexibility
No matter the style of dance, there is the goal of maintaining or trying to obtain proper form/understanding the moves. In holding these positions and practicing over time, our body will build the strength to do so with less effort. Moving around also opens up our joints, increasing our natural range of motion and flexibility.
3. Improves posture
Going off of #2, holding various positions require an upright posture. Keeping the shoulders rolled back, chest up tall, and core engaged will further improve your posture off the dance floor and help you in other aspects of your life, decreasing low back and nerve pain.
4. Boosts self-confidence
5. Great opportunity to meet new people
In being that it is a public event, chances are that you will not know everyone in the room. Because of this, it opens many doors for interacting with new people, and potentially making new friends! Also, because it is a dance-based setting, it immediately breaks the ice for making that first move.
6. An amazing way to manage and/or lose weight
Various forms of dance can torch calories in a very short amount of time. A benefit of dance in general is that it doesn’t feel like you are working out which can be a great form of exercise for many people who don’t normally like more traditional workouts. In ½ hour of continuous dancing, our bodies can easily burn over 300 calories. It is a fun and easy way to not only shed the unwanted pounds, but also to reduce stress.
Most social dances last 3-4 hours too, which all together can make for an extremely good time while also improving every aspect of your health! If you are curious about some social dancing around the Greater Boston Area or in a town near you, check out the link below.
Be sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming Swing classes!
Exercise Physiologist Katie