Why Take Dance Classes?

23 Jul 2017 - by Graham

Dancing is strange. When you stop to think about it, dance is little more than wiggling bits of you around in time to some music whilst trying to keep hold of someone else who is also wiggling around. But there must be more to it than that, surely? Or why would so many people consider it an essential part of their lives?

In a world where everyone has daily responsibilities, schedules, places to be and jobs to complete, taking time out for yourself is becoming more and more important. We need time to reset, time to forget about the routine and escape, time to release our minds from routine and let the creativity flow, time that whether we realise it or not is as important as sleeping. We all know the body needs a good few hours of unconsciousness every night to keep on functioning, but a few hours of creative fun every week is just as necessary, and is often overlooked in our rush from weekend to weekend.

A good dance class is more than just a place to go and learn a new skill. It’s a social club where you meet old friends and make new ones, a place where you can relax and feel at home for a few hours a week whilst doing something completely different. A dance class is full of laughter and fun, and whilst there may be occasional frustrations that you can’t do ‘this’ move or stretch in ‘that’ way as easily as you would like, none of this matters as no-one is judging or assessing you. It is, after all, only dancing.

But you can get the same social club experience in the pub, so why go dancing?

Dancing is obviously more active than sitting in a pub so the exercise benefits are clear, but the positive effects of dance go a lot further than that and are not just limited to the burning of calories. It has been shown to improve brain function as the repetitive movements inherent in dance exercise different parts of the brain to our normal everyday tasks. It improves balance, as you find you become much more aware of how you are standing and how you move. It improves your blood circulation and your flexibility, and yes it does also burn off more calories than sitting around in a pub with a pint.

The way I started to dance was a little unusual, but very soon after I began I was completely hooked. Dancing became my centre, my happy place, the thing I looked forward to in the week. It didn’t matter that I was not particularly good at it or that I was nowhere near fit enough to manage half the things I wanted to try. All that mattered was that I danced. And so I went, at first just once a week then I added in another day here and another day there until I was going three or occasionally four times a week.

And a few years later I launched Jivebeat. After 25 years as a quality manager, auditor, and regulatory consultant in some of the most corporate environments you could ever expect to find, I am now a dance teacher… and it was the best decision I ever made.

So if you have ever wondered what all the fuss was about dancing and why so many otherwise rational people choose to spend their evenings wiggling around to a variety of different types of music, all I can say is give it a go. When I first started I expected to be terrible at it and I assumed that I wouldn’t enjoy it, but it turns out I was very wrong on both counts. If someone like me can love, live, and breathe dance, maybe you can too.

But you will never know until you try.

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