What I learnt, learning how to dance.

The first thing you learn when you come to take dance lessons is of course how to dance. Contrary to popular belief, at Arthur Murray's Dance Studio in Edmonton, when you walk in, you’ll be able to dance out that very same day! Learning how to dance also comes with some amazing bonuses too. Beyond learning how to dance here are the 4 things I learnt from taking dance lessons.

1. Patience. 

When you are learning anything new, patience is an important part of that process. I learned that I need to be patient not only with my partner while she is learning, but with myself on the days that I am not learning as quickly as I would like. Some days your partner is going to struggle with a new idea or concept. It’s important that you take your time and be there for them when they need you. It does not help to give them a tough time or make them feel bad for not getting as quickly as you would like. At the same time, I know that you expect wonderful things from yourself, and you should, your capable of it! But everyone learns at their own pace and some days you are going to get things faster than other. You need to give yourself permission to learn at a comfortable pace, even if it’s not your ideal one. Remember we do not fail in ballroom dancing, we win, or we learn.

2. Balance.
Balance can mean a lot of different things. Luckily ballroom dancing teaches many kinds of balance. The first one is obvious, as a noun it is “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” And as a verb “keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall. i.e. your partner!”. Understanding how the body works so you can remain upright and balanced is important and one of the many things your teacher will cover with you, starting on your very first lesson! The other thing ballroom dancing teaches is to balance your workload. Needing to develop the skills of multiple dances at a time is a delicate recipe, needing just the right amount of time for each dance, so they can grow and develop at an even pace. As well learning how to balance the fun upbeat energetic physical workout of lessons with the mental exertion of developing the techniques like lead and follow. Ballroom dancing can even help you keep the balance between your work and social life!

3. Cutlery.
This one might sound a little weird. Of all the things I was taught in school, what cutlery to use when at the dinner table was not covered. With ballroom dancing you find yourself getting to go out more to extravagant events all over your city! From balls to dances to parties you will find yourself in a tie and vest maybe more frequently than you are used to. Luckily your teacher is always going to make sure you know what to do when and which fork to use with which course. Whether you are new to high society or grew up with a silver spoon, your teacher will always make sure you look like your right at home.

4. Posture.
When I started to learn dancing, I had no idea that my posture was so poor. Over time however I developed a better idea of what posture actually was! As it turns out developing a better understanding of posture helped me to have a healthier and more productive lifestyle. Those far to often pains in my lower back and legs came from being to slouched have suddenly disappeared. You will be amazed what happens to your entire body when everything is lined up just right. Your body is designed to held and move a certain way, learning the right way to do things will influence you in a way that that is most indescribable.

Whether you feel like these things are something you need or not, try ballroom dancing. We even offer beginner dance lessons in Edmonton. I’ve only put a few benefits here, but come try for yourself and then tell us all the amazing things dancing does for your life!

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