‘You’ve got big dreams. You want fame. And right here’s where you start paying. In sweat.’
Remember this iconic quote from the original 80’s musical drama ‘Fame’ that skyrocketed the sale of leg warmers and created a nation who wanted to dance in the street for no apparent reason during their lunch break?
Whatever your style (ballet, ballroom, belly dancing, breakdance, cha-cha, Caribbean, cumbia, flamenco, hip hop, jazz, Latin American, lockin, mambo, merengue, pole dance, poppin, reggaeton, rumba, salsa, samba, soka, tango, tap and Zumba to name a few), here are 5 reasons why you should be dancing…
Dancing strengthens the cardiovascular and respiratory systems (heart and lungs). It includes both aerobic (with oxygen) and anaerobic (without oxygen) moves that utilise all of the body’s energy systems resulting in a workout that torches fat, burns calories and develops a strong, sexy silhouette. Dancing also improves muscle tone, strength, flexibility and endurance, in addition to increasing bone density and strengthening and mobilising joints.
Dancing improves core strength, balance and spatial awareness (sense of oneself in space) as well as coordination.
It feels good! Dancing releases endorphins that bring about a state of happiness and wellbeing, as well as reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Dancing trains the body and the brain. The finite motor skills and cross lateral movement required to dance improves cognitive function which in turn has been proven to stave off degenerative diseases including Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Memory and concentration are also thought to benefit from regular dancing. Think of it as physical su doku.
Dancing improves confidence and is a fun and natural way for people to interact and bond socially.
‘Nobody puts Baby in the corner…’
So what are you waiting for? Let’s dance! Check out my videos here. And – 5, 6, 7, 8…