Throughout the years, ballroom dance has evolved both in music, step variations, timing, and partnership techniques, all to the beauty and elegance that we see today! Ballroom dance is currently more than beautiful costumes, ballrooms, and make-up, it is about the enjoyment of one's body moving to the music and about the skill of two bodies moving together around the dance floor!
Ballroom dance includes dances such as the elegant Waltz, Foxtrot, Viennese waltz, the passionate Tango and the exciting Quickstep and moves all around the ballroom. Learning to ballroom dance teaches you not only step variations, but the understanding of musical timing and the differentiation of tempos and characters alike. Ballroom dance also teaches you the concept of lead and follow, which is the idea that the gentleman is in charge of "leading" the lady and communicating to her where to do, and the idea that the lady, without words, learns to listen and understand where the gentleman is leading her and what will be her next step. Often times, this is the hardest part ballroom dance, which takes patience and time, but if built on a solid foundation of steps and instruction, will have you dancing together in no time!
Ballroom dance allows you to use muscles you would not engage on a daily basis. This in turn limits the amount of body aches and pains we experience as a result of stiffening of joints, bones & muscles from sitting in an office chair for long period of time. Allowing your heart to work as your body moves to the wonderful rhythms of ballroom dance, also promotes a healthy lifestyle and less possibility of disease. Balance, great posture and confidence are other great benefits of ballroom dance. Think of the last time you saw someone walk into a room: it is a fact that what makes one look confident is the way they carry themselves, in other words their posture and poise. Through learning ballroom dance, your body naturally obtains the elegant stance and vibrant confidence of a dancer, without you even focusing on it. All of a sudden you receive more compliments on looking great, feeling great and radiating with confidence!
Dancing is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that will use all your major muscle groups. It encourages good posture and body alignment, and will strengthen your body's core abdominal muscles. You will become more flexible, more agile, and more graceful both on and off the dance floor. You'll burn calories while you're having fun. It's invigorating! Ballroom dancing will also benefit your mental and emotional health. You can discover a new passion and joy in your life at any age. You'll learn to dance with a variety of partners, many of whom will become your friends. It's a very good way to meet new people who share your same interests. Dancing will make you smarter. Researchers have found that ballroom dancing improves mental acuity throughout a dancer's life and can even help prevent Alzheimer's disease in senior citizens! It's like two swords sharpening one another - the body helps the mind work, and the mind takes care of the body. You'll become more musical and learn to appreciate musical timing and phrasing. You will discover a rhythm and grace in your own body you didn't know you had. Ballroom dancing will make you stronger, happier, healthier, and smarter. It will bring you joy.