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How Dancing Helps to Alleviate Stress

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 @ 11:11 AM


Dancing has many psychological and physical benefits, but one of the best benefits is the stress relief it provides.

When most people think of the benefits of dancing, they often think of the physical benefits. Dancing is, frankly, one of the best forms of exercise you can do, and it has helped many people lose weight and reach their fitness goals. However, the benefits of dancing don’t stop there. In addition to the physical benefits of dance, there are also many psychological benefits, including stress relief. In our last blog, we talked about the consequences of chronic stress, and once you understand how detrimental chronic stress can be, finding an effective way to relieve it becomes essential. Here are a few of the ways that ballroom dancing, as well as other forms of dancing, can help to relieve your stress:

#1. Dancing releases feel-good hormones.

In our last blog, we talked a lot about the stress hormone, cortisol, and the effects it can have on your body, mind and emotions in the long-term. When you dance, it prompts the release of hormones, serotonin and endorphins, that make you feel good.

#2. Dancing helps to flush the body of toxins.

Not only do the hormones that get released when you dance help you to feel really good, but they also help to flush out cortisol and other damaging chemicals that can build up inside of you when you are under chronic stress.

#3. Dancing increases the mind-body connection.

When you dance, you are basically meditating as you move. Meditation isn’t about chanting or breathing in a specific way, it’s about finding a deeper connection with your body and looking inward. Dancing helps us to do that by helping you become more aware of exactly how your own individual body copes with stress, such as muscle tension, headaches, etc.

#4. Dancing gives you something else to focus on.

One of the most difficult aspects of stress is that, when you are stressed about a particular issue, you are likely to spend much of your time dwelling on it, which can quickly lead to a downward spiral of stress. Luckily, dancing gives you a welcome distraction. Ballroom dancing, for instance, requires attention to detail, and when you are focused on your dance moves, you won’t have to focus on whatever is stressing you out.

#5. Dancines allows you to express yourself.

Stress can build up inside of us overtime, and many of us don’t have a good outlet for expressing just how stressed we are feeling, particularly with the “buck-up” attitude many people have here in the United States. Dancing is a form of self expression like nothing else, and while you may not feel like you can get whatever is stressing you off of your chest by talking to someone, dancing is an outlet that can help you effectively blow off some steam. Chronic stress is a problem for many adults in the United States, and if you are looking for an effective way to relieve your stress, sign up for classes with Arthur Murray Dance Centers today!

Topics: Ballroom Dancing

Get Into The Swing Of Things

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 @ 16:11 PM

Swing Dance Is A Type Of Ballroom Dance?

When people think of ballroom dancing, they may think of the waltz, the Argentine tango, or the rumba. However, ballroom dancing has a variety of different styles to choose from, and swing dancing is one of the most fun dance styles that ballroom dance has to offer. If you’re looking for a way to get into ballroom dancing, but you want to try a dance style that you’re guaranteed to have fun with, get into the swing of things with swing dancing!

A Brief History Of Swing Dance

Let’s head back in time to when things were really roaring in the 1920s. Thanks to the Industrial Revolution in the mid to late 19th century, America was flourishing and people were heading to work and live in big cities as more job opportunities were becoming available in the cities, as opposed to rural farming towns. City life afforded people the opportunity to enjoy new aspects of life, such as consumerism and leisure time.

In their leisure time, people were discovering all of the fun city life had to offer. A big part of nightlife in the city was night clubs which often featured live musicians playing the popular style of music, jazz. Jazz music, with its loose structure and free-flowing vibe, encouraged the type of dancing that could keep up with its fast tempo and exciting high notes. With jazz music at its prime in the 1920s, it was only natural for swing dancing to really take off and create a whole new style of dance.

The term swing dance is all encompassing for different types of dances including the lindy hop and the jitterbug. Swing dance was largely born out of emotion that came from listening to the jazz music that was playing and improvisations based on what the band would do, since jazz musicians would often improvise their music and a free-styling soloists could take over the song at any moment.

A night out on the town at a lively nightclub with hopping music was the perfect setting for swing dance to be born in the 1920s in America, and today it lives on as a popular style of dance. Many of us are familiar with the popular dances that were born out of the swing dance movement in the 1920s, and when we think of swing dancing, we think of fun.

Why You Should Try Swing Dancing

If we haven’t made it obvious already, swing dancing is fun! When you sign-up for dance classes at Arthur Murray Dance, you’re sure to have fun no matter what. However, we promise that swing dancing will be a high energy and exciting style of dance to learn. You can’t learn how to jitterbug or lindy hop without a smile on your face. Plus, swing dance is so fast-paced that if you happen to fumble a few of your steps as you’re learning, no one will notice and you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off!

Call Arthur Murray Dance today to sign-up for your first ballroom dancing class and we’ll have you lindy hopping your way across D.C. before you know it.

Topics: Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom Dancing With Your Dad

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 14:09 PM


In a previous blog, we discussed why you should take dance lessons for your wedding. Our primary focus was on the importance of planning for your first dance with your spouse, but what about planning for the traditional father/daughter dance? This special moment with your dad should have just as much thought put into it as the first dance with your spouse. At Arthur Murray Dance Center, we have a few reasons why you should take ballroom dancing lessons for your wedding with your dad, too.

One Last Dance

Marriage changes a person’s life in many ways. One of the biggest changes can be in your identity. As you take a new last name and the title of wife, the way you relate to your family can change. While you’ll never lose your identity as a daughter, the father/daughter dance at your wedding can symbolize your “last dance” with your dad before you begin your new life with your spouse.

weddingpath1.jpgA Special Memory

Not only will the father/daughter dance at your wedding be a memory you will cherish, but taking ballroom dancing lessons with your dad will be a great way to spend time with your father before you get married. The months leading up to your wedding can be hectic, and your parents often contribute a lot of time and money to make your day special. Your dad will love the extra attention he’ll get when you spend time with him learning to ballroom dance.

Not A Dry Eye In The Room

Weddings are emotional, and it’s likely you’ll have a few cryers in the crowd no matter what. However, you could bring the whole room to tears with the perfect father/daughter dance. Your guests will love that you not only planned the first dance with your spouse, but that the father/daughter dance was as equally thoughtful and beautiful. Everyone loves to see the emotion between a father and his daughter as he gives her away on her wedding day. A special father/daughter dance will only add to the beauty of the day.  

Ballroom Dancing Lessons

If you’re looking for a great way to bond with your father and wow your wedding guests, schedule your dance lessons today to start planning the perfect father/daughter dance that will add an extra element of special to your day. Call Arthur Murray Dance Center to get information on specials and prices. Remember, your first dance lesson is always free!

Topics: Ballroom Dancing

The Best Ballroom Dances For Beginners

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 @ 10:01 AM


Ballroom dancing is one of the most romantic activities there is. Ballroom dances can be slow and sweet, or fast and flirtatious. You might be surprised to know that ballroom dances can also be very easy to learn! If you think learning how to ballroom dance is out of the realm of possibility for you, think again!

At Arthur Murray Dance Center, we have formulated different programs for any given individual based on their skill level. We have also compiled a list of the top four ballroom dances for beginners.

  1. Paso Doble - The Paso Doble is the easiest ballroom dance to learn with its two basic steps. This dance has a Spanish flare to it, and the more theatrical you can be with the Paso Doble, the better.
  2. The Waltz - The Waltz is a slow and smooth dance which allows partners to glide across the dance floor. The dance has four basic steps, and your posture is everything when it comes to the Waltz.
  3. The Cha-Cha - The Cha-Cha has a Latin flare to it, and almost everyone is familiar with the “one, two, cha cha cha” phrase. The dance has five basic steps and the movements are all about the hip action.
  4. The Lindy Hop - The Lindy Hop is generally regarded as a type of swing dance, and it has six basic steps to follow. The dance also keeps in time with the music, making it easier to follow along with the counts for each move.

Once you’ve decided which ballroom dance best suits your style, call the Arthur Murray Dance Center to sign up for your ballroom dance lessons today!

Topics: wedding dance lessons, Adult Dance Lessons, Ballroom Dancing, Ballroom Dancing Lessons, Ballroom Dance Classes