If you have ever danced, whether it was it your kitchen alone or with a lot of other people at a wedding or concert, you know just how invigorating it is. Connecting with music in a physical way has been an important part of the human experience for thousands of years, and as long as we keep making music, dancing will be right there with it. Recently, dance has been used to help people deal with a wide range of issues. People with depression and anxiety, as well as people with severe special needs, have found dancing to be an incredible way to improve their lives.

With this is mind, we wanted to write this blog as a way to explain some of the ways that dancing can be therapeutic. Even if you aren’t dealing with anything negative, dance can still improve your life in ways you might not have thought possible. Read on to learn about a few of the ways that dancing can improve your life, and then give us a call at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston. We would love to help you find a form of dance that makes you happier and healthier. Our dance school is full of highly trained instructors and passionate dancers who want to make the artform come alive for all of their students.

Improve Fitness

Too many of us spend too much time sitting down, either at our jobs or when we are at home. While sitting around is not in and of itself a cause of depression or social anxiety, if we spend too much time lazing around, we aren’t spending enough time doing physical activities. A lack of exercise has been tied to so many health problems that we don’t have enough time to mention them all here. Taking the time to go out and dance is a great way to do something fun that will also make you feel better physically. A regular exercise regimen will help you sleep better and eat better, which can greatly improve your mental health.

Boost Self-Esteem

Sometimes we fall into ruts where we feel bad about ourselves. Maybe we feel like we aren’t attractive or fit enough, that we aren’t interesting enough, or that we don’t feel like we have anything to offer anyone else. Maybe we have suffered some sort of setback (an accident, a loss in the family) that has prevented us from doing the things we used to love. No matter why you’re not feeling good about yourself, dance can help. Spending time with other people while learning a new skill is one of the best ways to feel like yourself again. Even if you are limited physically, there are many different forms of dance that you can learn.

Emotional and Creative Expression

If you have ever watched a dance competition or seen professional dancers perform on stage, you have probably noticed how happy, even ecstatic, that most of them appear to be. While the satisfaction of exercise is great, it doesn’t really explain that level of happiness. So, what is it, exactly? It’s creative and emotional expression. Even in the most rigidly structured forms of dance, you are still the one bringing it to life. You are the person who is grabbing something from the ether and wrestling it into the real world for yourself and others to see. If you have always wanted to be a painter or a writer but could never create a brush stroke or a sentence you liked, then you might just be a dancer. Creative and emotional satisfaction are sensations that everyone could use more of.

Relieve Stress

This reason is pretty obvious, but it shouldn’t be overlooked or understated. In America, we are too stressed out. In fact, stress seems to be a badge of honor or the standard operating procedure for most people. Whatever the reason for that is, you can’t let stress pile up for too long. Not only will it affect your mental well being, it can have physical effects, too. Dancing, thanks to the exercise and emotional fulfillment you get from it, is an outstanding way to relieve stress without feeling guilty that you wasted part of your day or evening.

If you’re ready to experience some or all of these benefits, give us a call and sign up for a dance lesson today. We would love to teach you to dance!

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