There are good reasons why ballroom dancing is just as popular today as it was decades ago. While some like it because of its nostalgic reminders of pure, uncomplicated, joyful times, most people like ballroom dancing for other reasons. It’s one of the best ways to stay in shape. It has been proven as one of the strongest ways to keep your mind active and healthy in an age when millions worry about the effects of an aging mind. And it’s a great way to get out and meet all kinds of interesting people.
When you trace ballroom dancing back to the famous steps of Vernon and Irene Castle in the early 20th century, or all the way back to the Waltz of 18th-century Europe, ballroom dancing has always been about structure, happiness and mutual respect. You look your partner in the eye. You can get close and touch a complete stranger with no threat of how they’ll respond. You enjoy the give and take of working together as partners to create something amazing, dynamic, in the moment.
Relief from the stress of life
It’s not surprising that ballroom dancing is more popular today than it has been for many years, especially among young people. We’re living in uncertain times. In the ballroom dances, whether it’s Jive or Waltz or Paso Doble, a man is not just a man but a gentleman, and a woman is a lady. The feel and the style of ballroom dancing bring us back to a place of comfort. There’s a structure to it, a graceful social interaction. Ballroom dancing is a proven way to relieve the stress of everyday life and put the pressures of the work day behind you.
Great fitness program
Ballroom dancing has been proven as one of the best ways to keep your body fit and trim. Rather than working out in a smelly gym filled with testosterone and little to look at besides metal machines, the dance floor provides a terrific place to enjoy a good aerobic workout filled with beauty.
Competitive ballroom dancing has been proven to require the highest levels of athletic performance. A 1986 study conducted by the University of Freiburg in Germany demonstrated that the muscle exertion and breathing rates of competitive ballroom dancers performing one competition dance of approximately two minutes were equal to the muscle exertion and breathing rates of cyclists, swimmers and Olympic 800-metre runners exerting themselves over the same period of time. The German study’s methodology was repeated in a recent Australian study, the results of which were published in the authoritative British Journal of Sports Medicine.
You don’t have to be a champion level dancer to get the results of a healthier body. All levels of ballroom dancing burn a surprising number of calories, keeping you in shape while you’re enjoying yourself in the company of other healthy people.
Good for the memory
A Danish study from 2007 found that ballroom dancing lowered the risk of memory-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia by a stunning 73%. The constant use of short-term memory during dancing helps keep the neurons active, as well as engaging the parts of the brain involved in memory.
Good for your social life
People love the social environment of ballroom dancing. You’ll meet great people who are all learning and growing as they experience this great activity. Women love a man who knows how to lead them on the dance floor. Men love a woman who’s easy to lead. And everywhere you go, you find opportunities to dance, whether at a wedding reception, cruise, or just that holiday escape. While any form of dancing is good for you and builds great qualities, people generally don’t decide to go out for an evening of social hip hop, or a ballet dancing party night. Yet around the world, millions of people enjoy ballroom dance parties every night of the week. Get started today!