International Day of Dance is recognised on 29th April each year and is a celebration for anyone who loves to dance, like us! Not only does it make us feel great and has endless physical and mental health benefits, but it’s also a universal language which symbolises energy, emotion and passion.
So as we celebrate International Day of Dance, we’re sharing just a few of the many amazing benefits of dancing.
Being with friends, enjoying music and letting yourself go is a sure way to reduce your stress levels. Dancing allows you to forget about your troubles as you fully immerse yourself in the moment, focusing on nothing but the music and your movements. And when you’re so immersed in the moment, the amount of cortisol your brain produces (the hormone linked to stress) is reduced and ultimately lowers your stress and tension levels.
Aside from reducing stress, dancing can improve your overall mental health. While dancing, your body releases natural antidepressants that are known as endorphins or ‘feel good’ chemicals. When endorphins are released, they interact with certain receptors in your brain, triggering positive feelings. This can help keep mental illnesses like depression and anxiety, as well as physical pain, at bay. Notice your mood, self-esteem and confidence all improve as you dance your way to better mental health!
Dancing is a great way to spend time with friends and even make new ones. At danceSing, we dance in groups, because there are a plethora of benefits of exercising in groups too! Loneliness and isolation are common issues, especially within the older generation. Group dancing activity is a great way to tackle this problem as it’s a chance to regularly meet up with likeminded people. At danceSing, we encourage our members to meet up for coffee and socialise out with classes too. We are thrilled to see so many amazing friendships forming through danceSing!
Just like mental improvements, your body will physically improve too. You don’t necessarily have to be lifting weights four times a week to increase your strength. Dance up to two times a week and you’ll gradually notice yourself becoming stronger and more stable. You’ll be jumping, kicking, lifting and catching when you dance, strengthening your arms, legs, core and overall body.
Dancing is a great way to gradually tone up every muscle in your body. When you dance, you’re working so many muscles in your body – some you won’t even realise. Dancing will especially tone your legs and glutes, but it’ll also work your arms, back and abdomen. When your body begins to tone, the fat turns into muscle, you’ll become more flexible and your posture will even be better too. It’s truly a great overall body exercise.
Heart health is important, and something many of us don’t pay enough attention to. Dancing is one way to look after the heart. Aerobic exercises like dance increases our heart rate and pumps more blood to the lungs to gather oxygen, transporting it to tissues in the body and keeping the heart well-conditioned. A study has even found that regular dancing may lower your odds of suffering from heart disease.
Not all forms of exercise are as fun and lively as dancing. You can burn hundreds of calories in just one hour of dancing and time will fly! But best of all, there’s something for everyone. There are so many styles of dance – from street and disco to ballroom and swing, you’re sure to find something you enjoy. Dancing has no limits. It doesn’t matter what age, gender or weight you are, and you certainly don’t have to be a professional. You just have to be up for having some fun!
Celebrate International Day of Dance with us and join us at danceSing for fun dancing, singing and pilates classes. If you haven’t tried danceSing before, come along to a danceSing Taster Week to discover your favourite class. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is required.
If you’d like further information on our classes, do not hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you.