Here’s the deal, for most, taking a dance class may seem trivial… But in many cases becomes the life-changing experience that so many are seeking.

If you don’t believe it, just look at this list of the most notable benefits of dance. It’s evident that dancing positively impacts all aspects of your life: physicalemotional and mental healthsocial life and more.

Additionally, people of all ages can reap these benefits: children, students, adults and seniors. So, let’s check out the infographic and see why dancing regularly is so important.

Infographic illustrating 31 benefits of dance

Health Benefits of Dance

1. Improves Memory and Concentration

It has been proven that learning new moves and combinations improves memory and enhances concentration. Actually it is helpful not just for young people, but for seniors as well. Even more important is the fact, that according to the recent studies, frequent dancing is the only activity that can help protect against dementia and Alzheimer disease.

2. Flexibility and Elegance

Dancing will make you more flexiblegraceful and elegant in your everyday life. It can also help you become more aware of your body.

3. Weight and Metabolism

Dance exercises combined with healthy nutrition will help you lose weightboost your metabolism and stay in shape!

4. Posture and Blood Flow

It tones your muscles, and improves posture and blood flow, which in turn boosts your immune system and overall health.

5. Perfect Age

You don’t need to be a certain age. Any age is perfect to start dancing! At any age such physical activity will bring lots positive changes to your body and soul! To find out more about the importance of dance for kids – simply follow the link 😉

Mental & Emotional Benefits

6. Sleep and Stress Level

Regular physical activity produces endorphins—chemicals in the brain that improve the ability to sleep and reduce stress and anxiety. For some of the young ones this may not be among the most important advantages, but for some of us who suffer from stress on a regular basis, it is crucial to have a way to relax mentally even if it’s just 2-3 hours a week.

Another aspect of this problem is that in modern world we don’t experience physical fatigue that often, and, let me tell you, that importance of getting tired physically is highly underappreciated. So if you want to sleep tight tonight, I advise you to take a dance lesson. Your muscles will work for a while pumping some fresh oxygenated blood thought your veins and brain, and if you’ll feel a little tired in the end – is amazing!

7. Empowerment and Confidence

Attending dance classes regularly will make you feel good about yourself. It will make you more disciplinedfulfilled, confident, and in control of your daily life. Actually, feeling confident and empowered should be a “default setting” for all of us. Unfortunately nowadays people have too many mental traumas and blocks which do not allow this. This is where dancing can be extremely beneficial in helping people be more of themselves.

8. Unwind and Recover

It forces you to live in the now. It disconnects you from all your problems, giving you the chance to unwind and recover from the stresses of daily life.

9. Happiness and Mood

Dancing and physical interactions with other happy people is one of the most powerful natural antidepressants. It fantastically improves your mood and increases your overall happiness.

In fact, this is one of the most important benefits of dance that I can only think of. When you are happy – you feel good. When you feel good – everything around you looks and feels better and it makes you feel even happier. The happier you get – the better is the quality of your life. This is why I believe it’s crucial to be a happy being 🙂

By the way, the music you listen has a direct influence on your mood. If you want to feel better – start listening happy music regularly. Upbeat and positive attitude is guaranteed!

10. It is Fun!

With so much changing in the world and in your life, it will always be there as something fun to do.

11. Creativity and Self Expression

The dance floor will become a place where you can express your inner self, your creative soul. Not everyone can say that they have that. So if you feel that you have something to say to the world around you, if you feel the urge to express your thoughts and feelings – dancing can be one of the ways to do that in a very pleasant and natural way.

12. Thinking vs. Action

Dancing helps you get out of your head. You will learn to think less and act more… Exciting, huh?

I know it can be a little scary for some people to let go of self-imposed limits. I know that sometimes you have to really think everything through before you make a decision, but it’s not necessary all the time. This is where dancing comes in really handy.

Social Benefits

13. Friends and Love

Dancing is the best way to find new friendsexpand your social circle and possibly even meet the love of your life. If this is your goal, then there is no simpler way of achieving it

14. People and Social Skills

Partner dancing classes and social dancing events are the best activities to improve social skills. They help you meet many new people and give you lots of opportunities to start conversations.

15. Relationships and Romance

Dancing may improve your relationship with your partner. It will bring more romance and passion into your life 

16. Different Styles and Communities

All dance styles have their own unique communities that most of the time are super friendly and will gladly accept a new member like you.

17. Uniqueness and Attention

Dancing skills will make you stand out among non-dancing friends. You will feel unique and attract lots of attention from others. Do with that what you will ヅ

18. Traveling and Assimilation

If you chose one of the social dancing styles, like tango, salsa, bachata and so on, you will be able to find at least a dozen of new friends all over the world in a single night, wherever you go.

19. Festivals and Traveling

The moment you become a dancer you will start traveling more. You will be surprised, but you don’t have to be a professional full-time dancer to go to national or international festivals and workshops.

20. Evenings and Nights

Forget about boring evenings! Anywhere, anytime, alone or with a partner, with music or without it, you will want to practice some new moves.

Personal Advantages

21. It is Sexy!

Dancing is sexy! It will make you feel sexy, it will make you look sexy, it will make you be sexy. Watch the 2nd twerking video from this post for example, and you’ll understand what I mean 😛

22. Masculinity and Femininity

Partner dancing is perfect for those willing to learn to be more masculine or more feminine, both on the dance floor and in their everyday life.

23. Looking Good

Dancing gives you an excuse to dress well every day and wear your best outfits for numerous events you will soon be attending.

24. Connection and Perception

You will learn to connect with people and the world on a new level – something which words can’t begin to describe.

25. Changes in Life

It may drastically change your life for the better in many ways. It has changed mine and most likely will change yours if you’ll give it a chance. You can find lots and lots of stories on the internet to prove that.

26. Sense of Well-being

Improves the overall quality of your life. Just look at all the things mentioned here! It is amazing, isn’t it?!

Other Reasons to Start Dancing

27. Pricing and Experience

It is inexpensive. In most cases, you don’t need any special equipment. You don’t need any license or previous experience either.

28. Partners

You don’t need to have a partner! Yes, you can come to partner dance classes alone and it will be perfectly normal. Most people do just that.

29. Judges and Competition

You don’t have to compete with others if you don’t want to. There are competitive & non-competitive schools out there. So, those not willing to be judged can always enjoy learning in a natural and drama-free environment.

30. Listen and Feel

Your definition of “Good Music” will probably change. You will learn to listen songs in a new unexpected way. You will hear more and feel more.

31. The Essence of Good

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire

Bottom Line

Are you convinced yet?

After you’ve learned about so many benefits of dance, you definitely should be, because dancing can be beneficial for your body, your emotional health, it can improve your social life and it can do lots of other amazing things to you. Just give it a chance and you won’t be disappointed and don’t forget to have fun on your way to becoming a dancer.

So if you are ready to take the next step and drastically change your life for the better, I suggest making a phone call to the nearest studio and let them know that you are coming.

Another great thing to do before you actually attend your first class is to find a way to get yourself excited about dancing in general. Watch some videos, find a style that you may enjoy, buy some new outfit specifically for this reason and check out the best dance bags that would be perfect for carrying shoes and extra clothes for the classes.

All these things will make you think more about this new adventure in a positive stress-free manner.

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to leave a comment below and let us know what’s on your mind.

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  1. Avery June 18, 2019 at 06:25

    Love this article 🙂 This is very informative and I agree in regards with the health benefits, Check out Arthur Murray Dance Center and boost your self confidence plus your social skills through ballroom dancing.

  2. shirley griffiths August 18, 2017 at 09:58

    Great piece well written. I am constantly telling students and potential students these facts about dancing, its very generous of you to share this so we can help spread the word. Thank you.

    1. Roman Padurea November 28, 2017 at 10:41

      Thanks a lot, Shirley. I really appreciate your feedback. Hopefully with the help of people like me and you the world will have more passionate dancers in the near future!

    2. Julie October 25, 2019 at 15:21

      I love dancing…it change my life, before i’m maintaining home meds.for my concentrating in dance floor..ihave recovered my healthy living’s. Start dancing over and over again…Thank’s for the Benefits of Dancing I’am alive !

  3. Lucia August 16, 2017 at 17:23

    I completely agree with the perspectives and your article. I’ve danced over 30 years and am a Middle Eastern professional dancer and instructor, traveling worldwide to share this passion with others. Dance is inspiring to all- including our musicians which create the vehicle of music for us. One of my students was 92 years old – amazing ! Dance offers constant growth and enrichment in our lives. Thank you for sharing this inspiring article !!

    1. Roman Padurea August 17, 2017 at 06:17

      I’m really glad you liked it. Thank you for sharing your experience and your thoughts about this matter, because not many people realize that you can start dancing even when you are 92 years old! Of course you won’t be doing any flips and so on, but you’ll have a lot fun learning different moves and this is what matters.

  4. Amanda Drew August 10, 2017 at 20:18

    Wow, I had no idea that dance is a strong antidepressant and improves your overall happiness. My daughter is by no means depressed, but it’d be good to start her in something that will make her happy. You see, she’s pretty young, but I want to get her started in some sort of exercise program now so that it becomes a habit. I’ll have to find some dance classes for her to take.!classes-1/coyru

  5. Annika Larson August 9, 2017 at 23:40

    I have been looking for new ways to incorporate active fitness into my life. Dance seems like a fun way to move and get healthy. I didn’t realize that dance also improves memory and enhances concentration, but that’s great to know!!dances/c19uu

  6. Iris De Brito May 23, 2017 at 10:53

    Great listing on the benefits of dancing. Earlier in my dancing career I had difficulty justifying to other people how my job was actually important and contributed to society in a deeper way than just mild entertainment so this is an excellent reminder that, yes, dance can make a massive difference in people’s lives.

  7. Orlando Perez April 21, 2017 at 13:42

    As an instructor for over 35 years, I have noticed that I have changed thousands of peoples lives, their health, their social skills, I have even helped in a few marriages that started as dance partners at my studio, AND YES, all that was mentioned above is TRUE and it does happen, there is one thing missing and I know that we are not doctors, but I am a nutritionist, and in my experience and from thousands of articles, A dancer will NEVER suffer from Alzheimer’s decease, the brain is constantly creating new neuron connections with all of the dance patterns and there for, with proper nutrition it will NEVER dry up shrink which is what happens with that infirmity. LETS GET more people to dance.

    1. Roman April 21, 2017 at 17:23

      Hi Orlando! I definitely agree with every single word you said. And you are right, I guess I will have to add the 32nd point in the next revision stating that dancing prevents Alzheimer disease. Thank you for the tip 🙂

  8. Cindy Robyn Szydlik April 12, 2017 at 23:39

    Re: #27 Being Yourself – dance does not teach femininity or masculinity, but it may facilitate expression & exploration of one’s femininity & masculinity. Learning to lead doesn’t make one more masculine, nor does following make one more feminine. Role reversal is a challenging learning exercise as well as a lot of fun!

    1. Roman April 13, 2017 at 07:46

      Hi Cindy, when I was writing this post I was mostly referring to my personal experience, and learning to lead properly did actually teach me to be more masculine in my every-day life, to take more responsibility with care without being afraid. I wasn’t just expressing it – I was learning it. The same was to true with my partner and her feminine side and this is why we decided to include it in this infographic. But you made a good point that it may not be true for everyone and it is actually a lot of fun when you switch roles. Thanks a lot for your feedback 🙂

    2. Orlando Perez April 29, 2017 at 15:02

      Thank you my new friend Roman, it is awesome to meet another individual that understands dance the way that I do and have for many many years, yes please add the revision to 32, God Bless.

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