With the new year approaching, you might be on the hunt for new activities or hobbies to try. You might be looking for new ways to move your body or practice self care. Luckily, dance can help you meet these goals and more!
There's just something about bopping around to your favourite song that really soothes the soul! However, dance is more than just fun. Dance is an inclusive and powerful tool for community, confidence, and wellness. If you have a body and can move it, even part of it, you can dance!
Here are 5 reasons you should be dancing every day:
Dance is a beautiful and fun way to express yourself creatively. It's extremely cathartic and can help you release and express emotions and tell stories. You .can use your imagination and play a character, or express your inner most desires and truths. Everyone has some spark of creativity in them that's just waiting for it's chance to unleash! Embrace dance as a way to express yourself this way .and see just how transformative it can be.
Taking a local dance class is an amazing way to make new friends and join a community. It's a natural icebreaker and there's something ancient and primal about moving your body in. sync with a group of like minded people. At JHDC, we love our supportive and diverse community!
Cognitive & Emotional Health
Especially in these times, mental health should be made priority. Stress is at an all-time high and. we should be focusing on doing things that bring us joy, connection, and health. Dance has been shown to decrease anxiety & depression, and research points to physical activities such as dance having a positive impact on our cognitive health too; including memory, planning, age-related mental decline, and more.
Physical Health & Wellbeing
Dancing, like many other forms of physical activity, has many positive effects on our physical bodies too! Improved strength, mobility, coordination, balance, and cardio-vascular health are just a few of the benefits you might see when you pick up this hobby!
One of the least talked about aspects of learning to dance is the effect it can have on your confidence and self-esteem. It's scary trying new things, and no one wants to look silly - but putting yourself out there and being willing to make mistakes and be a beginner at something can trigger a huge amount of personal growth. This growth shows up in your life as a willingness to take risks & set new goals, and that confidence looks good on you!
Dance has been a part of our human experience since the dawn of time and it's easy to see why. Don't wait another year to start this new hobby!
If you'd like to try your hand (foot?) at a dance class and you live in the Fredericton area, come see us at our downtown studio! We offer a variety of adult dance classes for every level including total beginners.
Samantha, JHDC Co- Founder