Why Is Dance Important
We want to stress the importance of all types of dance around the world and how ballet can play an important role in that mission. There is no one style of dance that is better than another, but understanding ballet can give people a broad overview of the dance world as a whole. Ballet, being the oldest of the international styles, means that most dance forms have their roots in ballet. The highly refined structure of ballet training makes it an ideal introduction to dance. Ballet has a very long history of incorporating other styles, and ballet dancers are heavily encouraged to be well versed in them. Regardless of the styles of dance, we want people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy and discover the benefits of dance and art. There are a multitude of ways studying dance can enhance people's lives regardless of whether you want to become a professional dancer, or learn just for the joy of moving to music.
There are obvious health benefits to dancing. From weight loss, to better balance, increased flexibility, and memory boosts. Dance is good for your body, and your mind, and leads to a more happier and more fulfilling lifestyle. Studies have shown that people who dance regularly are likely to be happier by reducing stress, and improving social interactions, all while reducing body fat and potentially avoiding harmful conditions.
Dance acts as a social cohesion where people are free to express themselves through highly specialized styles. People who dance, either for fun or through a training curriculum, learn how they can stand out as individuals as well as how they fit into the bigger social picture. By joining in groups people learn to fit in and understand that they have a place. It also helps people become individuals when they learn to break free while dancing solos. In this way dance becomes a concept that defines boundaries and helps people to fit in as well as how to be unique amongst your community.
Dance is an excellent tool for team building. People learn how to coordinate and work with others in space and in time. Knowledge sharing is another form of communication where people help one another find new styles and techniques. Through the structures involved in dance we learn to work, and communicate with others. We can learn how to become something greater than ourselves by being part of a group.
Problem Solving & Learning Quickly
Studying dance helps people with problem solving and learning quickly. The very nature of learning to dance is like solving a problem everytime a new step is introduced. You are shown a step and you have to figure out how to repeat it and then in various sequences and to do it quickly. Doing this repetitively is great exercise for your brain and dancers become highly effective at finding solutions very quickly.
Studying dance teaches people to be persistent. When we are engaged in either a social situation or in a structured lesson, we often want to learn that movement until we feel we have perfected it. This isn't always easy to do so people studying dance have to work at it. We learn very quickly in this way that there is no substitute for practice. We learn the art of persistence through the saying that, “practice makes perfect.”
Dancers become amazing listeners. We listen to our instructors. We listen to our colleagues and to our friends. And above all, we listen to the music. There is no better way to learn to be a good listener than to be constantly engaged in the art of listening.
Always Think Ahead
Dancers always have to think several steps ahead. From early on in our training we must learn how to prepare ourselves for what is coming next. We have to stretch and warm up our bodies to be ready for rehearsals and lessons. We have to remember the choreography that was taught in a previous session. We have to prepare ourselves mentally for performances. We are always thinking of how we can prepare ourselves in advance to be our best. We naturally take these lessons in preparedness into other aspects of our lives as it becomes second nature.
Dancers learn very quickly that discipline is a crucial element in learning to be your best. When we strive to be better or to achieve a level of respect among our peers, we quickly learn how we must push ourselves. Our teachers and mentors can only do so much so it becomes obvious to a dancer that taking command of your actions and decisions is the only way you can reach your goals. It is up to the dancer to take the necessary steps to become better at whatever it is you want to improve.
Learn To Abstract
Dance is also an incredibly effective tool for learning and expressing complex subjects, like feelings and ideas, and passing on traditions and stories. Learning dance helps people take an abstract subject and break it down to a simple idea that is then expressed through movement and rhythm. Dance is a discipline that is a full body experience. This means that you have to learn and express an idea or emotion with your body and thus gives dancers a unique ability to express things through coordinated movements. It’s like a poem, but but your body is doing the talking.
As a dancer you are constantly surrounded by other creative people. From costume designers to choreographers, music composers, and photographers. We are always engaged with other creatives. This goes hand-in-hand with our own ability to abstract and create unique interpretations of emotions, and concepts we are expressing through movement.