Why Dancing Can Improve Your Life

Dance: “To move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps.” Yes, this is the technical definition of dance. But, the definition does not include all the benefits it can bring to you. Dancing provides an incredible experience that is great for your physical health, mental health, and for learning discipline.

Dancing is a great way to improve physical health. For starters, it will improve flexibility. Being limber comes along with being a dancer. The more a person dances, the more limber he or she will become. Being limber helps decrease risk of injury, enables your muscles to work to their capacity by lengthening them, and improves posture. In addition to improving flexibility, dancing can enhance stamina from the cardio involved. The cardio portion of dancing can also lead to weight loss and muscle toning leading to a stronger, leaner body.

Studies have shown that dancing is not only good for a person’s physical health, but also his or her mental health. When dancing, serotonin is released in the brain. When serotonin is released in the brain, anxiety is regulated, mood improves, and happiness increases. This increase in emotional stability is one of the biggest benefits of dancing. Because, basically, the happier a person is, the healthier he or she is mentally. To go along with the attitude improvements, dancing also has the ability to make a person smarter. Dancing helps the brain function better. Dancing is a fantastic way to train a person’s memory and decision-making by deciding in a split second which move comes next. This helps the mind body connection made while dancing. The quicker the brain function, the healthier the brain is.

In addition to the physical and mental benefits, dancing can help a person be more discipline. There are three types of discipline a dancer must do in order to be good. These forms of discipline are practice, staying healthy, and working with other people. A dancer must stick to a strict schedule. In order to become a good dancer, he or she must practice. As everyone has heard before, “practice makes perfect.” This could not be truer when it comes to dancing. Dance moves don’t come naturally to very many people. So, in order to master a move, a person must practice. Practice takes time, and setting time apart to practice takes discipline. Every good dancer has this discipline. In addition to practicing, a dancer must keep his or her body healthy. This includes eating the proper amount of food daily along with including all of the essential food groups. This also includes getting the proper amount of sleep every night. Without food and sleep to fuel a dancer’s body, he or she will not be able to dance to his or her full potential to succeed. The last form of discipline is to be able to work with other people. Most dancers will have to work in a group at some point in time during his or her dancing career. Working with other people is hard because of different personalities and skills levels on the dance floor. A dancer must have a lot of patience to complete group work and with that is discipline.

In the words of Agnes de Mille ,“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.” Dancing is truly a gift. It is an art form that helps people express themselves and show their creativity through movement. I have been a dancer my entire life. From this experience, I have become a better person and have watched all the previous benefits mentioned come to life personally. I have become healthier both mentally and physically and have learned the importance of discipline. With all these benefits, how could anyone not want to get out on the dance floor?

I will leave you all with the words of Oprah Winfrey saying, “Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.”

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