Benefits of Dance
Dance is more than learning figures and patterns—physical, mental, and emotional health benefits come together to ensure that we are able to maximize our lives, and become limitless.
Benefits of Dance
At the beginning of our dance journeys, we are often unaware of the copious benefits dance offers. We believe we’re simply learning steps; how to Salsa; how to box-step…though we eventually come to realize that the benefits of dance transcend learning figures and patterns—physical, mental, and emotional health benefits come together to ensure that we are able to maximize our lives, and become truly limitless.
Physical Benefits of Ballroom Dance
Ballroom dance allows us to experience stories, cultures, and movement to music—this hardly sounds like arduous physical activity, right?! While our minds and souls benefit from hours of hip-shaking and box-stepping, our bodies are also grateful.
Dance dance have been shown to improve cardiorespiratory fitness, strength, endurance, and bone density. The variety of stepping patterns involved in ballroom dance help strengthen the weight bearing bones of our legs that get less attention throughout our normal daily tasks. Ballroom dance also involves unique hip movements, which can engage the lower back and hip joints, and have been shown to support range of motion, increase muscle tone and posture.
Mental Health Benefits of Ballroom Dance
“Dance is a powerful addition to my toolbox to keep anxiety and depression at bay. It has brought extreme health and happiness into my empty nest stage of life.” — Dance Vision Member
Some people use crossword puzzles or Soduku to exercise their brains…some people dance. Dancing is shown to increase focus and boosts memory—and who doesn’t want more of that? It activates our brain across many regions, meaning that our brain is consistently making new connections, and staying sharp. Improving our mental firepower can benefit us at any age and start preventative care of ailments and neurological diseases that may appear later in our lives.
Beyond our physical brain health, ballroom dance also increases “happy chemicals”, such as serotonin, that lack within the brain and body in individuals living with the impacts of depression and anxiety—proving to be more powerful than listening to music or exercising alone!
Emotional Benefits of Ballroom Dance
Dance is an outlet for experiencing a wide spectrum of emotions; Waltz might make us feel peaceful and solemn, we can explore our fiery, inner Matador, through the Paso Doble, or we can share our love for life and joy with an audience through the Swing…
It can be difficult to experience the emotions that we hope for in life when we are bogged down with day-to-day stress and to-do lists. Dance allows us to focus on self-care, to move our bodies, and to be present. Not to mention it’s an opportunity to socialize with other people, immerse ourselves in music and choreography, and get endorphins flowing through that body.
Emotional wellness is supported by self-confidence, which can skyrocket when we participate in activities that allow us to express and embrace who we are with movement.
Dance as Therapy
“Dance brought back my neural pathways after chemotherapy. The joy of partner dancing and the music keeps me happy.” — Dance Vision Member
Ballroom Dance is used as an effective form of therapy across many injuries and illnesses. For those struggling with posture after injury, dance provides a unique opportunity for posture re-education and supports the ability to stand over a longer period of time. Specifically for older adults, dance has improved balance and postural stability across a number of studies, helping minimize fall risk. These adults enjoyed dance more than their other rehabilitative protocols, and it was effective in not only reducing their fall risk, but improving their quality of life.
Many individuals with chronic injury struggle to find energy for any sort of physical activity, and as a result, mental, physical, and emotional health can suffer. Dance therapy has shown to reduce fatigue in cancer patients, as well as improve perception of fatigue across chronic fatigue patients. Dance Vision members frequently mentioned that dance was a huge part of their healing process.