For many people, a dance studio might seem like an intimidating place–somewhere they feel they don’t belong. Here at Dancessense, our social dance studio is open to everyone, including those who think they have “two left feet” or “no sense of rhythm,” and those who don’t have a dance partner. Even with the beach and outdoors, we think dancing is one of the best activities in San Diego, especially if you’re looking to enliven your social life. Here are 15 social benefits of dance.
1. Get in shape the fun way.
Dancing is great cardio–check out this dance calorie calculator if you’re curious about the numbers. It’s also a lot more exciting than repetitive exercises like running or walking. Plus, since you’re moving your whole body, it builds muscle tone all over. Dancing strengthens your core and improves posture, giving you more of a presence when you walk into a room. Good posture can also reduce back pain, and even open up your airways for easier breathing. Look good, feel good!
2. Build your confidence.
Feeling healthy naturally encourages you to carry yourself with more confidence. Dancing also improves hand-eye coordination, eye contact, and the ability to read others’ body language–skills that are sure to help you ace that job interview or presentation.
3. Improve your social life.
No matter what age or skill level you are, dance classes are a great way to meet people while staying active. Our youngest students are in preschool, our oldest are in their 90s, and we offer something for everyone in between!
4. Meet the love of your life (without Tinder).
Tired of trying to meet people in bars or by swiping right on Tinder? Seeking to make friends having just moved to San Diego? Sign up for a group class at Dancessense! You don’t have to have a significant other to dance with. In fact, being paired with a partner in class only enhances the social benefits of dance because you have to work together and pay attention to each other’s movements. You never know–sparks might fly!
5. Learn a skill you can use anywhere.
People around the world grow up with dance as an ingrained part of their culture. Folk and traditional dancing, for example, is an ancient worldwide tradition that predates current-day politics and borders. Dancing is a way of uniting people even if they speak different languages and come from different backgrounds, and you can dance anywhere you travel!
6. Get closer to your partner.
If you have someone special in your life, private dance classes can be a great date idea.
One of our most popular classes is for couples planning their wedding. You pick the song for your first dance–or even a routine for your bridal party–and we teach you how to look great on the dance floor so you can impress your guests and make your special night even more memorable. We know wedding planning takes a lot of energy and organization, so we recommend signing up for dance classes about six months before the big day to give you time to learn and practice without rushing. It’s more fun this way!
Even if you aren’t quite ready to pop the question, private lessons with your partner still make for a lively date. You can sign up for one or two classes to learn a new dance and connect with your special someone, all while learning skills that will blow everyone away at the next wedding or dance setting the two of you go to.
7. Keep your mind sharp.
Dancing uses both sides of the brain, and aids in concentration. Melissa Dexter, co-owner of Dancessense, was diagnosed with dyslexia in the 2nd grade. Getting involved with dance helped her navigate the challenges that being dyslexic can bring.
Dance is great for folks nearing retirement age, too. The New England Journal of Medicine conducted a study proving that dancing can reduce the risk of dementia by up to 76 percent, compared to activities like biking, swimming and golf, which don’t provide much risk reduction at all. This is because dance is a varied activity that requires you to use your brain and body at the same time, focusing on tempo, rhythm and movement. More repetitive forms of exercise don’t require the same level of concentration and brain activity, so they don’t provide the same benefits.
8. Be the life of the party.
Forget being a wallflower at the next wedding or dance you go to. Instead, impress everyone with your new dance skills. Learning how to dance with a partner is fun, and will make you look fancy in front of your friends and relatives. Plus, a lot of our partner dances are pretty simple to learn. Classic dances like the Bachata, for example, consist of three steps and a hip movement. Even if you think you’ve got two left feet, you can do it!
9. Relieve stress.
It’s a proven fact that physical activity helps your brain produce endorphins, those feel-good things that cause “runner’s high”, and even act as natural painkillers. Endorphins can also improve sleep, which in turn reduces stress. A moderate exercise like dancing will boost your mood, leaving you feeling energized and more focused. People pretty much always leave our classes smiling!
10. Train your ear and senses.
Even if you’re convinced you have no rhythm, trust us when we say that everyone has a sense of rhythm. We’re here to help you find yours.
11. Stop overthinking and just have fun.
People tend to be very self-conscious when it comes to physical activity, especially if it’s something they’ve never done before. Using your brain and body together to the music works great as a distraction from any anxiety you might have about looking silly. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to dance like a star–just have fun with it. Dancing is an activity that keeps you present in the moment, which is what life is all about.
12. Strengthen your family bond.
The father-daughter and mother-son dances are often cherished parts of a wedding reception. Our private dance classes are definitely not just limited to couples–bring a family member in and enjoy some quality time together.
13. Improve your child’s development.
Activating both sides of the brain is especially important for healthy brain development in kids. Our kids’ classes help children develop mental and athletic discipline while also allowing them to explore their creativity. Plus, kids just plain love to move.
While we do offer classes for competition, we can’t stress enough that dance doesn’t have to be a competitive sport. It’s perfectly fine to let your kid focus on having fun and burning off some of that energy.
14. Explore and embrace culture.
The dances we teach come from all corners of the globe. The Salsa, Cha-Cha, and Mambo are fast Latin dances that originated in Cuba. Bachata originated in the Dominican Republic. Traditional ballroom dances, like the Waltz (from Vienna) and the Tango (from Argentina) are classics that have been around for hundreds of years.
We also teach dances that originated in different parts of America–the West Coast Swing is a slower “slot” dance (meaning it takes place within a rectangle on the dance floor, making it different from the East Coast Swing, which takes place in a circle). The Foxtrot, Lindy Hop and Jive are all dances that originated in the U.S. and are reflective of the music and culture during different times in our nation’s history.
Some of these dances might be done a little differently in different parts of the country and world, but dance truly is a universal language. We all have the innate ability to use our bodies to communicate.
15. Say you’ve learned from the best in San Diego.
Our social dance studio is run by two former national dance champions, each with more than 30 years of experience in the field. All of our instructors have a solid dance background and plenty of experience, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to have fun. The bond that brought us all together to teach dance is that we got into dancing for enjoyment.
At Dancessense, we’re very adaptable to anyone’s skill level; each class is tailored to the student’s level of skill and comfort. We also take pride in respecting our students; lessons are always private and can’t be observed by those who haven’t signed up. We dance because we love it, and we want you to love it, too! Learn more about our dance classes in San Diego.