Remember in the movie Dirty Dancing how dancing improved Baby’s confidence? Being confident was number four on last week’s “Top 10 Performance Tips for Everyday Life.” Confidence isn’t the only item on the list that dance affects, either.
Here are my top 5 ways dance improves performance in everyday life:
1. Dance helps self-confidence. Dancing helps express your inner emotions, allowing you to get in touch with your body’s natural way of moving. If you dance for the pure love of dancing and moving your body, you can learn a lot about yourself. The more you learn about your body and ultimately yourself, the more your confidence improves.
2. Dance makes you feel like smiling. This was mentioned last week as well. You’re feeding the movement your body needs, and your body will love it. You’ll feel better and happier. You’ll find you’re feeling energized and often smiling when finishing dancing.
3. Dance inspires laughter. There are many times you’ll find yourself laughing while dancing. It may be because you’re having so much fun, or perhaps your partner or friend is doing a random dance move. There are many opportunities to laugh more often when you dance. It’s very freeing!
4. Dance is great exercise. Dancing will improve your health, stamina, muscle tone, and coordination. It can be done in the privacy of your home, in a dance class, with a friend, at a party, studied in various forms and more. It’s a great way to exercise and have fun!
5. Dance improves posture. When you dance, it’s more difficult to slouch. Dancing works the postural muscles and helps you hold your posture better, even when you aren’t dancing. The more you dance, the more your posture will improve!
I mentioned Baby’s confidence improving in Dirty Dancing. Watch her in the final dance of the movie:
Try dance out and make a goal to discover your body and learn to feel more through your body. You can do my dance workouts from anywhere you have an internet connection! Updated March 2016!
Other ways to dance more are to take a dance class (ballet, hip hop, jazz, tap, etc.), Zumba class, Nia class, or ballroom lessons at a local studio. You could also dance at a club or dance to your favorite music at home! Have the time of your life!
Photo Credit: Photo by Mike Baird