the Healthy Alternative to Ballet~
Dancing is a great way for all to get & stay in shape. Dancing is Fun & has many benefits. The top are:
Flexibility is an important part of being healthy. Dance requires some flexibility. More importantly Dance INCREASES Flexibilty! Dance classes begin w a warm-up including stretching exercises. Dancers can strive to achieve full range of motion for all the major muscle groups. The greater the range of motion, the more muscles can flex and extend. Most forms of dance require dancers to perform moves that require bending and stretching, so dancers naturally become more flexible by simply 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. Many styles of dance, require jumping and leaping into the air. Jumping and leaping require tremendous strength of the major leg muscles.
Dance is 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. Elevating the heart rate can increase stamina. Just as in any form of exercise, regular dancing will build endurance.
4. Sense of Well-Being
Dancing is a social activity. Studies have shown that strong social ties and socializing with friends contribute to high self-esteem and a positive outlook. Dancing provides many opportunities to meet other people. Joining a dance class increases self-confidence and build social skills. Because physical activity reduces stress and tension, regular dancing gives an overall sense of well-being