Why Learn to Dance?

Why Learn to Dance

 

Probably the most important question a beginner or potential dancer should ask themselves, is why learn to dance?

 

We aren’t talking about why you should learn to dance, but rather why do you want to learn to dance.  What do you hope to do with your dance skills once you have them?

 

At first this might seem like a strange question but the answer will have a profound impact on your journey into the dance world.

 

There are many reasons why people learn to dance.  In this article we will look at the reasons we most commonly hear from our students and how each reason will affect your dance journey. The most common reasons are;

 

  • Socializing or Dating
  • For Couples
  • Fitness
  • Weddings, parties, anything
  • Club Dancing
  • Competition and Medals
  • Performing
  • Artistic Expression
  • Love of Dance

 

Keeping your reason in mind when you browse the Dance Style Guide will help you find a style that suits you.

 

We will now take a look at each of these reasons in more detail.

 

Dance for Socializing or Dating

Dance for Socializing or Dating

 

Some people take up dancing because they want to participate in a social activity either as a way to meet new friends or singles, or as something to do with their partner.  Dancing, particularly partner dancing, is a fantastic way to meet lots of great people.

 

Dance Style Choice

 

If you are interested in meeting people then the best choice of dance styles would be the Partner Dance Styles.  Naturally the more popular a style is in your region, the more people you will be able to meet.  Partner dances are great for meeting people because its common practice to swap partners frequently in class, and dance with strangers at social dances.

 

Dances that have a vibrant social scene in your region will be a good choice.

 

Of course you will meet people in solo dance style classes as well, but the interaction with other students in solo styles is much less.

 

Highly social dance styles

 

Dance for Couples

Dance for Couples

Dancing is a great activity for couples.  Many couples take up dancing as an interesting, fun and healthy activity they can do together.  Once you and your partner lean to dance you can join the local social dance scene  and go to social dances and parties.  Of course impressing your friends at the next party or wedding is just as good a reason for you and your partner to learn dance.

 

Dance Style Choice

 

If you are interested in learning to dance with your partner, then the best choice of dance styles would be the Partner Dance Styles.  Any partner dance style would be suitable, but the more popular a style is in your region, the more choices for classes and social dances you will have.

 

Dance styles good for couples

 

Dance for Fitness and Physical Activity

Dance for Fitness

Dance is a physical activity and it’s a great way to burn calories, improve body and mind coordination, increase balance, flexibility, endurance and strength.  Many people take up dance as a fitness and physical activity.

 

Dance Style Choice

 

Not all dance styles are equally physically demanding, nor are they physically demanding in the same way.  Many dance styles are very gentle but require endurance.  Others require flexibility and strength.  Some you can dance all night and barely break a sweat, while others will have you dripping after one dance.  It is true that at a certain level all dancing can become very physically demanding but many are not at the beginner levels.

 

In our Dance Style Guide we have rated each dance style according to both its difficulty level, and its physical demands.

 

Typically solo dance styles are more physically demanding than partner dance styles.  Despite the popular conception, lifting women over your head and throwing them into the air is actually very rare in partner dance styles.

 

Physically demanding or high cardio dance styles

 

Dance for Weddings, Parties, Anything

Dance for Weddings, Parties, Anything

Some people, particularly couples, learn to dance so they can dance at weddings, parties, balls, work functions, or even just their local bars.

 

Dance Style Choice

 

Some form of partner dancing is the obvious choice here, but some partner dance styles are far more suited to dancing at common social events than others.  This is because some dance styles require specific music, or large amounts of space.  Salsa for example is great, if you have salsa music.  Argentine Tango typically requires a decent amount of space, and Tango Music.  Neither of these dances is likely to be that useful at a wedding, unless it was an Argentinean or Cuban wedding.  The best dance styles would be those that can be danced to contemporary pop music, or the sort of music you are most likely to encounter at your venues of interest.

 

Partner dance styles for weddings, parties, anything

 

Solo dance styles for weddings, parties, anything

Of course, there are singles who want to dance at weddings and parties.  Several solo dance styles would be suitable.  Again the main issue is music but many of the solo styles can be danced to a diverse range of music.  At the very least you would be confident enough to use basic elements from these dances to impress your friends and relatives.

 

  • Club Dance
  • Hip-Hop
  • Samba no Pe
  • Stiletto
  • Tap

 

Club Dancing

 

lub dancing is just more fun when you know some moves and understand how to dance properly.  It is awesome to be able to look and feel good when you grove in nightclubs and bars.  This is often the reason many guys in particular decide to take dance lessons.

 

Club Dancing

 

Dance Style Choice

 

If dancing in a club is your objective, and you don’t have a regular partner you will do it with, then the solo dance styles are ideal for club dancing.  Some partner styles will teach you footwork and body movement that can be done without a partner, such as Salsa, but generally partner dance styles are most effective when you have a partner who also knows that style.  In a club environment you want to be able to dance independently and look good.  Some of the solo styles are perfect for this.

 

Useful dance styles for club dancing

  • Hip-Hop
  • Stiletto
  • Club Dance
  • Samba no Pe
  • Salsa (Solo Styling)

 

Dance Performance

Dance Performance

 

One of the most exciting things any dancer can do is an on stage dance performance.  Although you may think that performing is only for dance professionals, there are many performance opportunities for amateur and beginner dancers at all ages.  Often dance congresses and conventions will have opportunities for amateur performance teams or solo dancers, and many dance schools have an end of year celebration that includes performances by students.

 

Dance Style Choice

 

The performance opportunities in every dance style will be determined by the regional popularity of the dance style.  Every dance style weather solo or partner has performance opportunities somewhere.  If this is your reason for learning to dance you should inquire with the bigger dance schools in your area about which styles would afford performance opportunities.

 

Dance Competition or Medals

Dance Competition

 

Some people like competition and are interested in dance for competitive reasons.   Others like to measure their progression with formal recognition for achieving certain levels in dance.

 

Dance Style Choice

 

Most dance styles have competitions somewhere, however there are a number of dance styles that have a very strong dance competition culture and would suit people looking to compete.  Also, for those motivated by measurable achievements, a number of dance styles offer a ‘Medal System’ in which students can participate in exams to demonstrate their capability.

 

The degree of organisation in competitions varies between dance styles.  Some have very formalised and internationally recognised competition bodies, while others have only ad-hoc independent competitions.   Ballroom for example has a highly organised internationally recognized competition scene.  Its worth noting that just because a dance style has good competition or medal opportunities doesn’t mean that you have to participate in them just because you learn that style.  There are always many more social dancers than competitive dancers.

 

Dance styles with highly organized competition or medal opportunities

 

 

Dance for Artistic Expression

Dance for Artistic Expression

 

One of the things many people love about dancing is that it affords them the ability to express themselves creatively and artistically through movement.

 

Dance Style Choice

 

All dance contains an element of art and therefore offers the opportunity for artistic expression.  However some dance styles focus more on artistic expression than others.  Many partner styles for example focus on technique and partner connection.  Some of the solo styles focus heavily on artistic expression such as Hip-Hop and Contemporary dancing.

 

Examples of dance styles high in artistic expression

 

 

For the Love of Dance

 

There is nothing wrong with learning to dance simply because you love dance and want to get involved.

 

Dance Style Choice

 

If your reason for learning to dance is for the love of dance, then any dance style is likely to be a good start.  Considering other practical issues relating to popularity of styles in your region and availability of classes will be worth considering.  See our article on choosing a dance style for more advice on this subject.

 

Conclusion

 

There are many reasons people choose to take up dancing and there are many styles of dance to choose from.  Thinking about your reason for taking up dancing will help you find a dance style you will enjoy and be successful at.

When you are making inquiries about taking up dance classes, tell the school or teacher why you want to learn to dance.  They should be able to help you choose a style that suits your purpose.

 

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