Why should someone pursue dancing or learn how to? Is it because they want to be "flashy"? Does a dancer want attention? Isn't dancing a more "feminine" activity for a male to pursue? Are the only reasons women learn how to dance are so they can "find a man"? Is dancing only for people who have rhythm, or are coordinated? Isn't dancing "falling out of style"? Can dancing really have any positive impact on a person's life? Sadly, these questions, in addition to so many other versions of them, are things we commonly hear when adults come in to learn to dance. With children, particularly girls - dance is very usual and normal, but sadly, dance dies away as they get older. Unfortunately for males, youth to adult, it is not so common - and often the experience never gets the chance to start.
To tell you a bit of my own personal story, I was born with asthma and not expected to survive the first few weeks of my life. I was considered sickly and was always informed that I would never be able to do anything athletic. It was not until my late teenage years of just trouble, did I discover dance and the potential of making a career out of it. This was not a well received choice according to some in my family. During the era I grew up in, what are not essentially imaginary issues regarding being effeminate to be a dancer were very real and overt. The long and short of it was I would not have much support in this choice. Compounding this was the usual "how can you make it as an artist?" problems presented by caring people who were also unfortunately somewhat misguided. Today, I own two dance studios - dance for adults and children. I am a highly productive competitive dance teacher, and have the physical stamina of a professional athlete. I have no problems with asthma and am happily married, my wife also being my business partner.
For me, dancing was transformative!
For me, dancing was transformative! It helped me overcome incredible obstacles and reach potentials I never thought I could have reached. I am just one of millions in the world which could probably say the same. Any reason not to dance never really mattered nor do they have any real impact - dancing has been a part of the human experience for as long as we have been on this Earth. It transcends pettiness and makes one more social. It can make you more confident. It helps you discover your more aesthetic senses (imagination) and helps keep you young! And it really doesn't matter how you start, or what form or style you pursue. The simple fact is that you just have to start the journey and be willing to open yourself up to what dancing can offer and what is will bring out in you!
"If your teenager is shy, has few friends or has difficulties socializing with her peers, an activity such as ballroom dancing might help her develop social skills. Ballroom dancing has become popular, with programs such as "Dancing with the Stars" drawing millions of viewers. If your teen is willing to try ballroom dancing, it could help boost her self-confidence, increase her social interaction, and make her happier and healthier."
"Ballroom dancing isn’t just for weddings and 50th anniversary parties-—it’s an antiaging elixir for couples and singles. Besides being a fun way to stay fit, the health benefits of dances such as the foxtrot and waltz may surprise you."
"Many seniors are in North Texas are turning to ballroom dancing to keep active and socially connected. Ballroom dancing allows seniors to challenge their auditory, visual and mental abilities as they have to remain alert, coordinated and moving swiftly. Seniors are inspired by the popular TV show Dancing With the Stars, which features older celebrities doing the fox trot, cha-cha, salsa, tango and other choreographed dancing. However, seniors who are especially frail and susceptible to falls should refrain should be careful when dancing. "
"To dance is to be out of yourself," Agnes de Mille famously proclaimed. "Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking." Although the iconic 20th century dancer and choreographer makes it look easy, it can be difficult to accurately put the allure of dance into words. By nature, dance is a wordless form of expression, translating emotions and thoughts into physical movements. But we wondered, is there a way to explain why we dance?"