With shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” people who were never interested in dancing before are being introduced to the art. As uncoordinated celebrities glide across the floor, improving each week and even starting to look less like amateurs, some people begin to think ballroom dancing looks like an enjoyable experience. If you are considering taking ballroom dance lessons, consider a few of the skills you learn in ballroom dancing which you can take with you into the rest of your life.
Balance and coordination are two important skills you practice in ballroom dancing which can be useful in everyday life. If you can learn to glide across a floor wearing four inch heels and not fall one time, dashing across an icy parking lot from your car to the store without falling seems so much easier. Closing the front door with your hips when your arms are full makes great use of the hip shaking skills you can learned while salsa dancing. You may even find yourself using some of your newly learned dance steps to navigate across a maze of your children’s toys. The possibilities to use your dance balance and coordination skills are limitless.
Cooperation is another great skill you learn in ballroom dancing. If dance partners refuse to work together, the dance is not going to work. They must glide in the same direction. They must avoid stepping on each other’s feet. When the man spins the woman, she must go in the direction he is leading her, or the dance will not work out right. Cooperation is essential in both in personal professional relationships.
Another important skill gained in ballroom dancing is the ability to laugh at yourself and not get embarrassed. When you first start dancing, chances are there things are not going to always go perfectly. Maybe you’ll head one way while your partner tries to head the opposite direction. Maybe you’ll step on your partner’s toes. You might even fall down, or go try to dip your partner only to find she was not prepared. Falling down and making mistakes is part of life. Getting back up and not letting your falls (whether literally or figuratively) bother you is the key to continued success.
Of course, there are a variety of other life skills you can gain from ballroom dancing. Contact us to learn more about ballroom dancing skills you can implement in your daily life and to get started on your dance lessons.