When I worked as a professional modern dancer, I went to dance class every morning. I sweated through combinations that worked my brain—it wasn’t easy remembering all those steps! I strengthened and stretched my body. I left energized. But there was more to it than that: I was having a blast. I was feeling pure joy—my serotonin levels skyrocketed each time I danced. I was also making friends and working collectively with a group to learn steps and perform them to the best of our abilities. We were forming a community, which greatly improved my quality of life. Dance class was about so much more than “working out.” Dancers do this for a living, but you don’t need to be a professional dancer to experience those benefits. Even a beginner’s class will tap into all the health juju a seasoned pro gets to feel. Here are a few of the benefits of dance you can make the most of:
It’s a whole body affair.
Get ready stretch, strain, sweat, and breathe.
Coordination, Coordination, Coordination
Build the brain–body bond.
Strong Self, Strong Community
Build strength, flexibility, and grace.
Own the tights and leotard.
It’s so much fun you’ll forget you’re working out.
Forget the grind and let the music move you.
Interested in a certain type of dance, but not sure where to start?
Familiarize yourself with these accessible resources to discover which dance is for you:
- If you want to live out your fantasies of being a ballerina, try beginner’s ballet.
- If you want to sweat, sweat, sweat, try hip hop, Zumba, or Jazzersize.
- If you want to dance with your sweetheart, try salsa or merengue.
- If you want to dance barefoot and full-out, try modern.
- If you want something gentle on your body, or an alternative to talk therapy, try dance movement therapy.