Dance has been an integral part of human culture since ancient times. Even before formal language existed, humans moved to the rhythms of nature. Dance fosters social connections and stimulates our senses. It can be magical and transformative, breathing new life into a tired soul or unleashing hidden creativity.



On a physical level, dancing provides an excellent mind-body workout. It quickens our breath and increases our heart rate. It improves circulation and prevents oxygen deprivation in the brain, helping to slow mental decline and enhance brain power. As you glide gracefully across the dance floor, you improve your poise and grace, as well as flexibility, coordination, balance, and muscle strength.
Regular dancing can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer. It also helps to keep us slim. Any form of activity helps to burn calories. It is estimated that a 150-pound adult can burn about 265 calories in 30 minutes of moderate social dancing. Of course, this varies; a lively Latino dance session will burn more calories than a beginner’s belly dancing session.

Many dance forms are wonderfully relaxing. Whether you prefer Bollywood routines, hip-hop moves, or graceful ballet, dance is an easy and enjoyable way for people of all ages and physical abilities to get and stay in shape. If you’re worried about having two left feet, just dance around the house. Otherwise, enroll in a dance class or join a dance club that meets regularly at different locations. Ultimately, it is a great social activity for friends and strangers alike.