Why Is Dance Important?
Since the beginning of time, human beings have thrived on creativity and longed for beauty. This desire has been expressed in countless art forms; such as, painting, sculpting, writing, singing and architecture. Dance, like all creative expression, enriches both the creator and the observer. But dance has many benefits beyond the obvious aesthetics we observe and enjoy. At Broadway Bound Dance Center, we know that dance is beautiful and we know that it is fun. Additionally, we want our students to recognize the health benefits that dancing offers them. Our students—toddlers, children, kids, teenagers and adults—can all reap the rewards of our dance lessons: increased stamina; better balance and coordination; cardiovascular endurance; healthy weight maintenance; and much more.
Why Dance? It’s good for you!
Flexibility is an important part of being healthy, and dance requires a great amount of flexibility. At Broadway Bound Dance Center, our dance classes begin with a warm-up period that includes several stretching exercises. Dancers must strive to achieve full range of motion for all the muscle groups to ensure proper movement. The greater one’s range of motion, the more his or her muscles can flex and extend. Most forms of dance require the artist to perform moves consisting of bending and stretching; therefore, dancers naturally become more flexible simply by dancing.
Strength is defined as the ability of a muscle to exert a force against resistance. Dancing builds strength by forcing the muscles to resist against a dancer’s own body weight and torque from body movement, as well as the simple motion of pushing one’s feet off the floor. Many styles of dance, including hip hop, jazz and ballet, require jumping and leaping high into the air. These acts require tremendous strength of the major leg muscles. Ballroom dancing builds strength through the maintenance of good posture and movement. Consider the muscle mass a male ballroom dancer develops by lifting his partner above his head. The strength required for these movement uses all muscles from areas of his body: steadiness and lifting of leg muscles, keeping tight abdominal and back muscles; and lifting from the upper body muscle group of the upper back, chest, shoulders and neck.
Dance is a physical exercise. Exercise increases endurance. Endurance is the ability of muscles to work hard for increasingly longer periods of time without fatigue. Regular dancing is great for improving endurance, especially vigorous dancing such as Zumba and tap dancing. Elevating the heart rate can increase stamina. Just as in any form of exercise, having a regular dance routine will build endurance and keep you heart healthy.
Sense of Well-Being
Living in the hustle and bustle of today’s lifestyle, we understand the need for stress reduction. Physical activity reduces stress and tension. Why not choose dance lessons as part of a healthy physical fitness routine? A regular dance routine is a fun and effective way to fulfill recommended exercise requirements. The stress reduction benefits that your body and mind receive from dance contribute to an overall sense of well-being. Its simple, dance makes you feel good!