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Benefits Adult

General Benefits

Adults can find many profits, many benefits, many enhancements to life if ballroom dancing is their avocation, pastime, or hobby. They will find an enhanced appreciation of music and its rhythms. They will experience an increased sense of balance, and a more fluid movement in walking and running.

They will find a new type of relationship with others. Dancing with a partner in harmony and with good music will help them develop a more open, understanding, responsive, and supportive relationship with their partner and with others. Their outlook on life will tend to be more positive.

While all dancing has its value, there will be several completely memorable dances in one's life. A time when the partner, the music, the movement all come together in a sense of achievement and pleasure that stays in memory.

Physical Benefits

Physically, dancing is a great body conditioner, even if done on a near-weekly basis. If done on a regular basis, such as two to three times a week, it becomes quite a beneficial activity. It will increase that mid-afternoon stamina needed on the job, it will develop that circulatory "second-heart", strengthen your legs, and will generally tone the body over-all. As mentioned before, walking and body movement become easier, more balanced, and more fluid, with greater flexibility in axis of movement.

Mental Benefits

Mentally, dancing serves as a wonderful stress relief. A busy day of pressure melts into the background when the evening brings dancing in the arms of another and pursuing the muse with dance? Sleep that night is sound and relished.

Becoming a competent dancer provides an excellent learning experience in discipline, goal setting, planning, achievment, assuredness, self-conficence and pride in the dancer's abilities. These favorable attributes then tend to transfer in other aspects of the dancer's life as well. The payoff can be significant!

A third benefit involves that old saying "use it or lose it." Learning and remembering the many steps and movements required of the various dances are a significant mental challenge and a constant stimulant to the brain. We believe that's why avid dancers usually remain mentally alert, regardless of age.

Social Benefits

A good dancer is a definite plus to social occasions -- especially the men. If a man takes the time to become a skilled and confident, but not overly forceful leader, his presence is appreciated by every lady in the room. A good dancer does not need to be handsome to be popular. Similarly, a lady who is a good dancer radiates grace and charm, regardless of whether she is a physical beauty.

The atmosphere of an event can be heightened by good dancing and good dancers. The whole affair goes more smoothly when there is competent dancing.

In business and professional life, a person can lend to their acceptance and belonging by the ability to dance. On many social occasions it is almost essential to be able to dance well.

When adults become involved with ballroom dancing they meet many new people who have a similar interest and develop lasting friendships with many of them. Many dancers say that ballroom dancing adds an entirely new and very beneficial dimension to their life. In summary, the ability to dance well is a valuable skill that is needed by everyone and will produce many benefits during their entire lifetime.

Rev. 05/17/01

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