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Whether you a 5 years old or 85 years old…you can learn how to ballroom dance! Ballroom dancing is a great style of dancing for people of all ages for various reasons. From mental and physical health to discipline and teamwork, to even building of confidence, you will find your happy place when you waltz into the studio and take your first steps. Take a look at the various ways dancing can help no matter what age you are:

Ballroom Dancing as you grow up:

Starting ballroom dancing at a young age gives you a great set of skills that help you beyond the dance floor.

“Dance lessons teach children respect and discipline. It helps to build social awareness in children, so they not only learn how to dance; they also learn how to respect one another. The maturity necessary to dance together fosters respect, civility, teamwork, cooperation, confidence and a sense of joy, accomplishment and achievement. Through experiential learning, they learn valuable life skills and lessons of self-discovery, self-expression, and self-confidence. Their posture and confidence improves and awkwardness is replaced with physical grace & poise.”

When you dance with a partner, you learn how to work with one another for a common goal. With the discipline of committing to practice weekly, basic respect of working with your partner, and accomplishing a common goal, when someone starts dancing at a young age, they will develop life long skills that will carry beyond the dance floor!

Ballroom Dancing in the golden ages:

So maybe you decided later in life that you wanted to pick up a new hobby of dancing…PERFECT! Ballroom dancing is a way to keep yourself fit in all ways; mentally, physically, emotionally, etc.

“While often rigorous, ballroom dance can be easily tailored to those that require a lower impact physical activity. A variety of dances can be practiced and performed at a slower pace and intensity, more attuned to seniors’ needs. This allows seniors to make the most of ballroom dance’s health benefits, including improved muscle and bone strength, while lowering the risk of injury or exhaustion. Moreover, the improved posture, balance and motor skills encouraged by ballroom dancing can help prevent falls and other accidents dangerous to seniors.”

Dancing at an older age is a great thing! Keeping active and social becomes more and more important the older you get. The physical activity keeps your body active and moving while also keeping yourself mentally sharp. Take a look at the various benefits ballroom dance has to offer:

  • Health
    Improve your health and fitness by exercising without “working out”. Burn calories with low-impact aerobic movements.
  • Physical
    Reduce stress, improve balance, mobility, flexibility and coordination, increased strength & stamina, muscle toning
  • Mental
    Enhance memory, alertness, awareness, focus, concentration and exercise your brain
  • Social
    Feel more confident, improve attitude, increased sense of well-being & more positive outlook, & build social connections

So whether you are young or young at heart, or maybe you are just looking for something new and exciting to try…it’s never too late to get up and start DANCING!

Sources:

https://www.elitedancestudio.net/blogs/benefits-of-ballroom-dance-for-seniors/#:~:text=This%20allows%20seniors%20to%20make,other%20accidents%20dangerous%20to%20seniors.

https://kenilworthballroom.com/benefits-of-ballroom-dancing/