Life, for the lucky ones, is a creative process. Art, dance, music, and literature all combine to make our lives richer, with more value and depth of expression than they would be without the arts. My dad, a lifelong diesel mechanic, read the covers off of books, and took piano lessons when he was 70. He said he had always had to work so much, he never had time to learn. Don’t be like that – learn, today, about the arts. Bring them into your life in small ways, so that you don’t reach the age of 70 never having done what you really wanted. Dance is an excellent art to bring into your life. Most people these days are looking for ways to exercise, so why not take dancing lessons? When you bring dance into your life, you improve your health, get in shape, and explore new ways to express yourself.
If you are considering a gym membership, think about dance classes, instead. Really, now – which would you rather do – 500 sit-ups disguised as crunches, or several new swing moves? It can’t be any more embarrassing to miss a step or two in class than it is to throw-up from overexertion on the exercise floor. Dance classes are available in just about any kind of age group you want, and in any style. Dance classes are not limited to little kids taking ballet. Adult, teens, and children can take classes in ballroom dancing, swing, country dancing, Latin dancing, Hip Hop, jazz, and other styles of dancing. Pick out your favorite type of music, your dance shoes, and you’ll find that there are dance classes that get you moving to that kind of music.
If you are primarily taking dance lessons for exercise, consider Zoomba. This is an exercise-oriented dance that has helped thousands of people get in shape. But that is not the only type of dancing that gets your heart beating. Western Swing, swing, jazz, and the others all work out your entire body, rather than just one muscle group. You can get your heart rate up with dance as much as with any other exercise, and have fun doing it. And, you usually have a partner.
Couples are turning to dancing for their date night activities. Dance classes are a great way to spend time together, and you’re developing a skill the whole time. Being on the dance floor gives you a more comfortable social setting, and you can still get to know the person you are dating.
Free dance is a distant goal for most people. But, you’ll find that on the dance floor, you are able to forget the stresses of the day and get lost in the rhythm and movement – both your own and that of your dance partner. Bringing this art form into your life is a perfect way to share with others while you enjoy the activity for yourself.
Bringing dance into your life is a great way to enrich it. Give it a try.