Whether you like to jump or jive, tap or tango, shake your hips or your booty, dancing is one of the most enjoyable ways to get moving, regular dancing is great for losing weight, maintaining strong bones, improving posture and muscle strength, increasing balance and beating stress.
It’s also a good workout, in addition to unleashing creativity dance is a way to relieve daily stresses and bring happiness, dance is an escape from reality, you can lose yourself in the music & movement, enrolling in dance classes after work is a great way to incorporate dancing into your life. Soon, you can be dancing down the pathway to happiness.
psychologists Today says dancing makes you happier than working out the gym or going for a run. A study conducted at the University of London involved patients dealing with anxiety disorders.
There’s also evidence that regular dancing can improve heart health in older people. One of the best things about dancing is that while you’re having fun moving to music and meeting new people, you’re getting all the health benefits of a good workout.
Patients dedicated time to one of the following therapeutic environments: an exercise class, a dance class, a math class, or a music class, out of all the activities, the dance class was the one environment that reduced anxiety a significant amount.
physical and mental benefits including
- improved condition of your heart and lungs
- increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
- increased aerobic fitness
- improved muscle tone and strength
- better coordination, agility and flexibility
- improved balance and spatial awareness
- improved mental functioning
- greater self-confidence and self-esteem
- better social skills
It’s never too late to benefit from dancing, and you don’t have to be a professional to obtain its rewards.
Getting started with dancing
You can dance in a group, with a partner, or on your own. There are lots of different places where you can enjoy dancing, for example, at dance schools, social venues, community halls and in your own home. Dancing has become such a popular way to be active and keep fit, that most fitness clubs now offer dance classes in their group exercise programs.
Dancing can be done both competitively and socially. It can be a great recreational and sporting choice, because anyone of any age can take part. It doesn’t matter whether it is cold or raining, as dancing is usually done indoors.
The gear you need for dancing will depend on the style of dancing you choose. For example, tap dancing will involve buying tap shoes, whereas ballet will need ballet slippers and ballet clothing. To get started, simply choose a style you enjoy, or would like to try, look in the Yellow Pages or online for dance schools in your local area and join a class.
Popular Types of dance in Egypt
There are many styles of dance to choose from, each with its own attractions. Popular styles of dancing include:
- Ballet – mostly performed to classical music, this dance style focuses on strength, technique and flexibility.
- Ballroom dancing – this involves a number of partner-dancing styles such as the waltz, swing, foxtrot, rumba and tango.
- Salsa – involving a mixture of Caribbean, Latin American and African influences, salsa is usually a partner dance and emphasizes rhythms and sensuality.
- Bachata – Bachata is a social dance from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. The basic dance sequence is performed in a full 8-count moving within a square.
- Kizomba – It is danced accompanied by a partner, very smoothly, slowly and sensuously, and with neither tightness nor rigidity.
- Hip-hop – performed mostly to hip-hop music, this urban dance style can involve breaking, popping, locking and free-styling
- Contemporary dance is a genre of dance performance that developed during the mid-twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world
- Pole dancing – has become increasingly popular as a form of exercise. It involves sensual dancing with a vertical pole, and requires muscle endurance, coordination, and upper- and lower-body strength.
- Belly dance – originating in the Middle East, this dance style is a fun way to exercise.
Before choosing a dance style
Ask yourself questions such as:
- Do i prefer fast dancing or slow dancing?
- Do i want to dance to improve my fitness?
- Do i want to dance with a partner, or on my own?
- Do I want to join a group, or have private lessons?
- Will I enjoy competitions, or do I want to dance just for fun?
Dancing is a fun activity with a wealth of health benefits that keeps us in shape, makes us feel good, relive stresses and bring happiness, what could be better than that?