1. Why Dance Is So Captivating

    There are a few things that all humans seem destined to do. We are destined to speak and we are destined to dance. Ask any parent, or think back to when your kids were young, and there will be many stories of babies and toddlers who would break into dance and not let up. This love of movement set to music is so pervasive that it transcends culture and class and even time, as people have probably been dancing since we become our own distinct species.

    So, what is it about dance that is so exciting and important to humans? In this blog, we will talk about a few of the reasons why we are so captivated by dance. If you love to dance around your house but you want to learn how to dance even better, call us at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston. We offer dance classes that are fun, exciting, and a great way to improve your moves! Check out our site and then get in touch to learn more about our dance studio or to sign up for a free introductory dance lesson.

    Dancing is Primal

    It’s easy to see that dancing is hardwired into our genetic structure somewhere. As we mentioned in an earlier paragraph, even babies are taken to start moving when they hear music. This continues throughout our lives. Whether we stay as uninhibited and free as we were as babies or we limit ourselves to a less-conspicuous head nod or foot tap, our brains want us to move. While we have, over time, codified dance to fit loose and rigid forms, it is something that we feel compelled to do. There aren’t a lot of fun and healthy things that we are compelled to do, so we think it is a good idea to embrace it!

    Dancing is Exciting

    Whether you go out of your way to watch dancing shows or not, whenever we see highly skilled dancers doing their thing, we are entranced. We think that this fascination with dance is because of how exciting dance is. In addition to it being a kinetic activity, dance excites us for other reasons. When combined perfectly with music, the synchronicity of these two art forms lets us feel something deep and intangible. When we marvel at someone’s form, we are seeing how perfectly suited to movement the human body can be. Dance speaks of possibility and the future because it makes us feel alive.

    If you have been looking for an excellent way to have fun, dance lessons are a wonderful way to do it. In addition to meeting new people and dancing to great music, dance can help you unleash your creative energies and reduce stress. When you are ready to find out more about our dance classes, please give us a call at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston. Our highly trained dance instructors would love to help you connect to the art that is dance. We have lessons available in many different styles, so pick one that looks interesting to you and come on down!

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  2. How Dance Classes Can Make You a Better Innovator

    If you work in a creative field or you just like to create or invent in your free time, you’ve probably had long stretches of time where you just were not able to work on anything new or you had a hard time completing a project. If you feel like you have lost your spark, don’t fret! There is an easy way to pull yourself out of a slump that doesn’t require you to read a bunch of silly books that ambiguously talk about the creative process. All you have to do is sign up for dance classes at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston!

    While dance lessons might seem like a strange way to make you a better innovator, there are many reasons why it is true. Read on to learn about a few of those reasons and then give us a call today to schedule your first, complimentary dance class!

    Dance Can Jumpstart Your Creativity

    Exercise has long been a way to keep physically fit, but there now seems to be a link between exercise and creativity. People in creative fields have reported that exercising allows them to use a part of their brain that might otherwise go unused. While this change is a good way to enhance your neural plasticity, it may also help you feel more creative. Creativity is, despite what a lot of people believe, largely dependent upon repetition. In order to become a good painter, writer, or product designer, you have to keep trying things in new ways. Learning a new skill allows your brain to take those lessons and make connections to the other skill. If you have been struggling with something, come learn how to dance. We think you’ll be happy with the positive influence dance lessons have on your other creative endeavors.

    Dance is Another Form of Problem Solving

    By allowing your brain to focus on something else, it can help other parts of your brain make different kinds of links that it hadn’t made before. Distracting yourself with something different is a great way to allow your subconscious mind to help complete work that your conscious mind has been struggling with. When we become too focused on something, we get tunnel vision and can’t see how other factors impact or create the problems we are trying to solve. When you learn how to dance, you are teaching your brain and your body how to solve several interweaved “problems” simultaneously. This approach can help your pursuits in other fields.

    Whether you have been searching for an excellent new way to stay fit while having a lot of fun or you want to help your brain learn to think in new ways, dancing is a great way to do it. At Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston, our classes are open to people of all ages and experience levels. No matter what kind of dance you want to learn, our instructors are passionate about movement and love to help people learn how to dance! Call us now to sign up for a dance lesson.

  3. Dance Lessons Can Help You Overcome Anxiety

    In the modern world, there are many reasons why you might feel anxious. Economic stresses, politics, and other worries can lead you to feeling afraid or restless, even in the moments where nothing is going wrong. While there are many available treatments for anxiety, there is one way to stop anxiety from intruding on your world that is both healthy and fun. Dance lessons! While you might think that attending a dance school once or twice a week isn’t much of a prescription against the stressors of world, there is plenty of evidence that shows how dance can be a wonderful way to improve your mood and your physical health.

    At Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston, we offer dance lessons to kids and adults who want to learn a new style of dance. Whether you have always been interested in ballroom dancing or you want to try your hand at swing or rumba, our dance instructors are ready to teach you some new moves! Contact us today to learn about a free introductory lesson or read on to find out about some of the ways that dance can help you crush your anxiety.

    Dance Is Relaxing

    While the act of dancing, especially when you are engaged in an uptempo swing or salsa session, can be strenuous, the aftereffects are highly relaxing. While almost any form of exercise can leave you feeling relaxed, dance is unique in that it has very specific goals and milestones that some other exercises lack. When you complete a dance that you have been working on for weeks or months, you are left feeling even more relaxed because you have accomplished something.

    We’ll talk more about the benefits of completing something in the next entry of this blog series, but think about this hypothetical situation as an example of how relaxing dance can be. Imagine that you have a presentation to give to your boss or professor. You know when you have to give your presentation and what it needs to cover, but that’s it. While it is natural to think that this situation is very stressful, we all deal with these kinds of obstacles every day. After you have determined the best way to meet your goal, what do you do?

    You devote time and effort to making it happen. You are able to shut out distractions and concentrate. Once it is over, how do you feel? You probably feel great! There is nothing like being able to focus in on something and overcome it to make you feel as if everything is going to be okay. Every day that you go to a dance lesson, you are providing yourself with another way to realize that you have the ability and the control that you need to conquer anything in your path.

    If you need a great way to help alleviate the stress in your life that doubles as a healthy and interesting hobby you can love for the rest of your life, give us a call at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston. Our professional dance instructors love to help students of all ages and experience levels, so get in contact with us today to learn more about our dance school. Don’t forget to ask us about a free introductory dance lesson!

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  5. Learn to Dance Before the Holiday Season

    We know it’s still early but if you want to be prepared for the holiday season, now is the time to start getting ready. We aren’t talking about food — we’re talking about learning how to dance! Like most people, you’re probably going to get invited to a lot of parties over the holiday season, and if you want to make a good impression on people, dance is a great way to do it!

    Impress your significant other when you take their hand and lead them onto the dance floor at your office holiday party, or show off your new moves to your friends and family members on New Year’s Eve. Dancing is a wonderful way to have a lot of fun and it will keep you moving and active during the colder months. Instead of sitting around and watching TV as the fall and winter progresses, head on over to the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston to learn a new skill. If nothing else, dance will help you work off an extra helping or two during holiday meals!

    Contact us today to learn about some of the dance classes that we offer or to sign up for your first class! Our instructors are highly trained dancers who love helping people unlock their passion for dance.

  6. Dance to Unlock Your Creativity

    Dancing isn’t just an incredible way to have fun, stay fit, and meet new people, it can also help you regain or improve your creativity in a number of other disciplines. People from all walks of life have turned to dance to reignite a spark they felt they had lost or to engage in a new facet of their creativity. At Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston, we are proud to offer a wide variety of dance classes in many different styles. Our instructors will have you moving and learning at your very first lesson! Contact us today to learn more about our dance studio or to sign up for a class.

    Exercise Helps You Focus, Focus Aids Creativity

    While many people believe that creativity strikes at random, that just isn’t the case. Creativity requires a mind that is free of distraction, a mind that is ready to get down to the work of doing. Dance is an excellent method for clearing your mind because it helps to reduce stress, which allows your brain to forget about other problems and hone in on what is important. The endorphins released during exercise can help even an overwhelmed mind better approach problems and prioritize tasks. While low-impact exercises, like walking, can help, getting your heart rate up will help even more.

    One of the most important ways that dance can aid creativity is by showing you a new way to learn. Concentrating on learning something new can help you approach other problems from a different angle. Even if you are an athletic person, dance is very different from playing solo or team sports because of the balance of physicality and repetition that is required. Combining two different parts of your mind and your body can help create new associations and paradigms that may help you make connections that might have otherwise been missed without dance.

    Dance Teaches You How to Practice

    We mentioned repetition above, and we feel that it is important to speak about how vital it is to improving your skills in everything from dance to other creative pursuits. Practice is truly the most important factor when it comes to success in any field. Whether you want to become the next great dancer, painter, novelist, cartoonist, or businessperson, practice, and the ability to learn how to improve yourself through repetition, is what will help you advance and sharpen your skills. The popular conception of the brilliant, natural artist is a myth. Some people may have a little more inborn talent, but without practice, their talent will quickly be surpassed by someone who put the time into improving their skills. Don’t mistake the idea of practice as humorless and grim, though. Practice, when engaged in thoughtfully and often, will become an important part of your life that you look forward to doing and that you will feel bad about if you skip. Talk to anyone who has reached a high level in their field and they will tell you that it took work, not luck, not some natural talent, for them to get to where they are.

    If you want to learn how to dance to give your creativity a jump start or to have fun, the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston is a great place to do it! Our dance instructors are passionate, talented, and devoted to teaching movement to people of all ages and skill levels. Contact us today for more information about our dance school or sign up for your first lesson! We offer several different styles of ballroom dance lessons, foxtrot, tango, swing, hustle, and many more.

  7. How Dancing Can Help You With Business: Part Two

    In the first part of this blog series, we discussed a few of the ways that learning to dance can help improve your work life. Practice, flexibility, and awareness of your surroundings are all important factors in dance and in business, and perfecting them in one field can help you apply them in the other. Today, we will continue to look at the ways that dance can inform and influence your business in positive ways.

    If you have been thinking about taking dance lessons or this blog series has inspired you to give dance classes a shot, give us a call at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston. We have classes in many different kinds of dance, and for dancers of all ages and experience levels. Our instructors are wonderful dancers who want to help you move more confidently both on the dance floor and in other areas of your life, so contact us today to learn more about our studio and to sign up for a free introductory lesson!

    The Importance of Technique

    Technique can seem like an amorphous concept, but in this blog we will define it as the way that someone performs a task. In business, technique is an important part of the value that you offer the company you work for. Technique is what makes the difference between being a reliable team member and being someone that may not be able to be counted on in any given situation. If you work at developing a technique that is exact and efficient, your coworkers and superiors will go to you in order to get things done.

    One of the most important parts of dance is working on mastering your technique. While nailing a dip is different than slam-dunking a presentation, both require an attention to detail and a willingness to practice again and again in order to achieve perfection. The skills associated with practice in dance will help you develop better working techniques because, as you see improvements in your dance techniques, your brain will realize that practice really can improve skills that were atrophied or didn’t exist in the first place. Working at developing a skill can lead you to fall back in love with something that you had grown tired of and it may even give you a new appreciation for a part of your job that you thought you didn’t care for.

    Refining your techniques may also help you discover new, more efficient ways to complete tasks that can help save your company money. Innovation is driven by people who are masters in their field who understand their business so well that they are able to look at their work from a different position and ask ‘how could this be better?’

    If you are ready to take your business skills to the next level, a dance class at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reston might be the best way to do it! Contact us for information about our foxtrot, waltz, tango, swing, or salsa classes now. Dance can help you be better at your job and it will make you feel better physically and mentally.