This Is Your Sign To Take An Adult Dance Class

We love to experiment with new things and experiences in our childhood, but after growing up, it becomes exponentially harder to do anything outside of our comfort zone. Dancing, even though universally loved, is one such activity that may seem intimidating to those who have never taken dance classes as children. There could be many situations where you need to learn how to dance as an adult. For example, taking dance lessons with your partner before your wedding. Even if you aren't compelled to do it, dancing is a great hobby to pursue at any point in life. In fact, maybe this article is your sign to take an adult dance class.

But before you start palpitating about having two left feet and making a fool of yourself in an awkward situation, we are here to reassure you that taking a dance class as an adult is fun and easy, if you leave your inhibitions behind. Everyone is capable of being a dancer, as long as you take that first step and join a dance class. After all, chances are that many other people in that class are also doing something new for the first time.

The physical benefits of dancing

Showing off your dancing skills at the next wedding or office party is the obvious benefit of taking dance classes, but that's not the only one. Dancing can benefit you in a variety of ways. For starters, it is a great way to stay fit if you've put on a few extra pounds, or want to maintain your figure while making your fitness routine interesting and fun. In fact, dancing is the easiest way to start working out when you begin to see warning signs that you aren't getting enough exercise. With dance, you can target strength training while clocking in your cardio and endurance movement. Dancing could also make your body flexible and help stretch out your sore muscles.

In addition, it can improve your brain health too. A 2003 paper published in The New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, discovered that dancing may improve brain health and even help keep diseases like Alzheimer's at bay. Professional dancer and director of education for AKT, a dance-inspired fitness gym, Jonathan Tylicki, tells Healthline, "Movement and dance are extremely expressive, which can allow you to escape and let loose." This act of "letting loose" releases endorphins, reduces stress levels, and makes you feel happier. Those of you who abhor planks will be happy to know that dancing also makes your core stable. Luckily, the perks of dancing don't stop there.

The mental benefits of dancing

Were you aware that taking a class is a great way to create new, lasting friendships as an adult? When it's a fun activity, like dancing, there are even greater chances of making friends, as more people tend to join these classes. The common ground for friendship is that everyone is there for the same reason and, therefore, likely to bond with other participants.

In other words, dancing is a wonderful creative outlet, as you can express your emotions and creativity through movement, which is great if you are the kind of person who is always at a loss for words. Often, surrendering your body to the movement could allow your brain to be open to creative perspectives and inspiration, which can help you in your personal and professional life. Aside from increasing your creativity, the activity can boost your self-esteem as it may help you discover a talent you have never tapped into. And in case you need a reminder, there are plenty of mental health benefits of high self-esteem.

Incidentally, when you join any group class as an adult, you learn many things apart from the skill you have signed up to learn. The overall takeaways include lessons in discipline, the importance of staying committed, the need to care for one's health, punctuality, and the advantage of greater exposure to cultural and social mores that enrich your life in many ways.