For people who have taken a dance lesson before, you can fully appreciate the positive aspects you received from it! It can be a serious work out and a great way to stay in shape! Many exercisers opt for the gym, yoga, or other activities to fill their workout regime, but dance classes are a great option as well! If you’ve ever taken an adult Ballet or Hip Hop class, you know that not only are you using and strengthening your core muscles and increasing flexibility, you are also having fun and probably even building your own confidence! Let’s face it, the number one reason adults won’t take dance classes are the many glass mirrors that surround the rooms- or “Mirror Syndrome” if you will! Getting over that fear, and joining a class with other people (that most likely have the same worries and fears as you) can really help boost your confidence, while helping you stay in shape and gain some coordination too!
Even if Hip Hop isn’t for you, there are lots of other dance lessons to join: Ballet, Jazz and Tap are examples. Taking dance classes every week is not only good for your body; it’s great for your mind as well. Learning new routines and remembering sequences of steps really challenges you to use your memory. You’ll find yourself able to pick up dance moves more easily each week. Before you know it, you’ll be able to pick up a routine quickly and will be begging for the next count of 8! Taking continued lessons is great for your muscles, but also great practice for your memory.
It’s never too late to start! The most common fear about starting dance (besides the mirrors of course) is feeling too old to take a lesson. Many people find that the initial fear is overcome by trying it out and realizing anyone can dance. In fact, adults take ballet to strengthen specific muscles after hurting themselves at work or home. Hip Hop classes are very popular for new and experienced students who want to learn rhythm and increase coordination. Many people think that Hip Hop lessons are simply learning how to dance to new songs, but it is way more than that. Many of our dancers find that a Hip Hop lesson improves their sense of energy and rhythm after only a few classes. Jazz classes are also a great way to improve timing and energy. Jazz routines contain many different aspects that keep you on your toes literally and figuratively. The best part of any of these classes is that they will instantly improve cognition, focus and your overall mental health. While you are building up a sweat, learning and memorizing a dance routine keeps your brain sharp and improves your focus. You can always tell your teacher your reason for taking the class so that they can best fulfill your needs – whether it be weight loss, injury recovery, or just fun! Dance is an artistic experience not only for your body, but also for your mind.