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Benefits for Youth

General Benefits

Ballroom dancing is a great teacher for the youth. It teaches:

  • Relationships necessary in close teamwork
  • Discipline through practice and routines
  • Goal setting, planning, and actions to acheive agreed goals
  • An appreciation and further understanding of music’s rhythm and tempo
  • Economics and fluidity in movement
  • Self-confidence

In summary, it teaches skills and abilities that will be very useful throughout one’s life in social situations, in business growth, and in offering a great exercise.

Physical Benefits

Physically, the general conditioning that ballroom dancing provides will benefit all young people in many ways. Those who practice regularly will build stamina equal to that of soccer players or runners. They acquire far more lasting physical stamina than football or baseball players who “stop and start” rather than continuously move.

Another plus is that ballroom dancing provides excellent physical conditioning without the risk of injury inherent in most physical sports.

With dance, the young will become involved with disciplines and movements that can instill innate knowledge of body dynamics and skills that may enhance their lives in many ways. Mutually engaging in dance with a partner requires balance, synchronized and coordinated movement, and develops prime and usable body skills.

Mental Benefits

Mentally, the young person finds great satisfaction in the achievements afforded by dancing — whether that be a “great dance” in a social situation, or participating in a hotly contested competition. Students are greatly drawn to competition endeavor. Unknown to most, dancing offers keen and top-grade competition in formation teams, team-matches, and couple dancing. Ballroom dance teams usually include top academic leaders of the school or college. They are attracted to ballroom dancing by both the mental and physical challenge.

Ballroom dancing stretches the thinking and the “do-it” abilities of the young. The sense of achievement is a confidence builder. Teamwork – of couples and more – is mutually stimulating to concentration and learning.

For all ages, competitive dancing is an excellent learning experience in discipline, achievement, assuredness, and self-confidence. These favorable attributes then tend to transfer to other aspects of the youth’s life and this provides even greater benefits in their future. Wherever our youth participate in dancing, they enjoy it and thrive.

Social Benefits

Young people feel emotionally better when they find themselves more socially acceptable, which dancing helps. Socially, the young ballroom dancers discover a new alliance with the opposite sex, an alliance built on courtesy, consideration and mutual achievement.

Our ballroom dance clubs provide a great social network in a controlled environment that is free of smoking, alcohol, and drugs.

The “good” dancers find themselves much appreciated at social functions and always popular. This builds “social confidence”. Ballroom dancing, a great social skill, provides much joy and is useful for a person’s entire life. It is a skill to be learned, practiced, used, and treasured.

Rev. 5/17/01