People used to think that dancing was only meant for the pros. They used to think that, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you have no place on the dance floor. But those people are wrong! Dancing is not just meant to show off your skills—there are all kinds of reasons (and plenty of benefits) people add dancing to their lives.
A while ago, we outlined 10 reasons to take dance classes, and we’ve decided it’s time to give you even more reasons to take dance classes (and fewer excuses not to). Trust us on this one—dancing can save your life.
1. Dancing keeps you on your feet
When you’re retired and a bit slower than you used to be, it can be easy to sit out and enjoy the show. As you age, it’s imperative you keep the blood flowing and continue to move your muscles. Signing up for a dance class is the perfect way to get back on your feet (literally) without worrying about serious injury. The light exercise dancing provides helps with spine alignment as well as joint health—so get to steppin’!
2. Dance classes take you offline
Since the invention of the internet, people have spent much more time behind screens than they have out in the world. And I’m sure you’d agree that that’s no way to live! Take some time away from social media and engage in social activity like you used to—by connecting with others in real life at a dance class. You’ll remember just how refreshing it is to interact with others using body movements and speech rather than typed phrases displayed on a cold screen.
3. Dancing makes you mentally sharp
It’s no secret that aging brings on quite a few worries. Unfortunately, those worries include the loss of your memory and other cognitive processes. If there were something you could do to help your brain stay at the top of its game, wouldn’t you do it? Thought so. According to a study reported here, dancing frequently helps prevent dementia up to 76 percent! It ranked higher than reading, doing crossword puzzles more than four times a week, swimming, and playing golf (golf doesn’t help at all, by the way).
4. Dance classes remind you of life’s beauty
Dance is, quite simply, an artform. When you engage in the arts, you’re reminded to find the beauty in even the smallest moments. With dance classes, not only are you learning how to place steps with beats, but you’re learning how to truly feel those beats. You’re learning how to connect with the music, how to find yourself transplanted into a euphoric, blissful state. Dance is a gateway to exploring life’s beauty.
5. Dancing builds confidence
Some people say dancing has saved their lives. As you get older, it’s not uncommon to feel a lull in your love life or self esteem. Many people struggle as their bodies change and age. Dancing, however, helps you get your “groove” back, if you know what I mean. All it takes is one class to get you started, and soon enough, if you keep at it, you’ll feel like a true dancer. You’ll feel graceful, attractive (you’ll probably lose weight), and most of all, confident. There’s no greater power than believing in yourself! Dancing helps you achieve your best self, no matter your age.
6. Dance ignites a new passion
Maybe you’ve been looking for something new. Maybe you’ve been feeling a little directionless. Sometimes, especially after you’ve retired, it can be difficult to feel like you have a purpose. Fill that void with dancing, and you’ll never look back. Enrolling in dance classes is a surefire way to give yourself something to look forward to. Since there’s always room for improvement (even for the pros), you’ll constantly find yourself geared up and ready to get moving. It’s never too late to find a second passion in life, and all it takes is the willingness to start.
Since we want you to live your best life at any age, we’re offering your first dance class free. Sign up for free and come in to see what we’re talking about—dance is about to change your life for the better.