Why Ballroom Dancing is a Prerequisite to being a Super Hero

007, Zorro, Superman, Batman and Captain America; whether you prefer to fight crime in the light of day or dark of night, lurking in the shadows or hiding in plain sight, fighting in the streets with your superhuman strength, or zipping off into the stratosphere, Ballroom dancing is an essential skill all heroes must have in their tool belt.

Balance
If you are trying to maintain your poise and grace running along rooftops or navigating the dance floor, balance is an integral part of both activities. Taking ballroom dance lessons can teach you not only to have a better internal sense of balance, but an understanding of the components that go into creating the necessary equilibrium. The repetition of movement also helps you to build the stabilizer muscles needed to not only have good balance, but to have a certain finesse about your movement.

Power
"With great power comes great responsibility." -Uncle Ben

True power comes from within. Well kinda. There are some people with muscles bigger than others and some people with bellies bigger than others. But don't worry, there is a way to be a powerful dancer without having to spend 8 hours a day in the gym. If you want to be truly powerful on the dance floor you need to understand where that power comes from. It's important to spend time on your dance lessons in Edmonton covering all the details of every step, not just trying to get though the syllabus as fast as possible. The body has hundreds of muscles that need to work in tandem to be able to perform at its peak. To dance your steps with more power and energy you need to learn what each muscles job is, then practice enough to get the muscle memory necessary to perform consistently.

Faster short term decision making skills
Being on a high traffic dance floor can be scary. As a leader you need the ability to make decisions quickly and correctly, getting used to predicting the movement of the other dancers, and feeling the flow of the dance floor. It's just as important for followers to be comfortable and confident on a crowded floor, at a higher level, even helping to guide the partnership to success. Over time and with patience you will be able to traverse the dance floor with a seemingly inborn intuition as smoothly as Batman scours the rooftops of Gotham City. The best way to master your skills and be able to make decisions quickly and safely on the dance floor is immersion therapy. Attending as many groups, dance classes, parties and dance events as possible will mold you into a smooth ballroom dance machine.

Social ease
There comes a time in every hero’s career when they must take off the cape, put the armour in the closet and wear their underwear underneath their clothes for the night. Some super heroes have a wealthy alter ego, allowing them to fund their super escapades, others have less than glamorous jobs (news reporter seems to be popular). Whichever hero you are, one thing is for certain, there will come a time when you are in a ballroom and are going to be expected to fit in. You never know when you're going to need to dance in real life too! Maybe it's a Christmas party at your new job or you finally got invited to the salsa club by that cute bank teller, either way you'll be glad that you have the skills ready to go for your latest adventure.

Precision
It's not very useful to have a million gadgets, laser eyes or a sweet throwing shield if you can't aim it worth a darn. The same is true for having a million different dance steps. Having an understanding of alignments and amounts of rotation will make sure that your moves always land where and when you need them to. Moving effortlessly from one pattern to another is a skill that takes time to develop with dance classes, just like anything else you learn when you start taking dance lessons. It can be even more difficult to achieve the internal precision necessary to move effortlessly with your partner, mastering both balance and counter balance.

Listening skills
This seems like it may be more about partnerships than ballroom dancing but in a lot of ways they are the same thing. As a ballroom hero you need to be able to listen to your partner and what their body is telling you. You need to be able to listen to your surroundings on the floor, so you can make educated decisions on the best way to handle floorcraft. You need to be able to listen to the music so you can dance on time with the beat and demonstrate musicality in your movement.

Comprehension
Simply listening isn't always enough. You also need to comprehend what your being told and execute instructions. Some of the most memorable super heroes (like Batman, Iron man, Hawkeye and The Black Widow) don't have any super powers at all. The one thing they all do have is a reputation as being a "master tactition". Having the ability to take in your surroundings and analyze the best response in any given situation. However long before they became the heroes we all know and love, they had to be trained. Learning not only from their instructor but from the experiences they have with other people. Your dance lessons in Edmonton should be the same. It's Important to learn from your teacher, and the majority of your learning is done on your private lessons, but it is very important not to underestimate the value of group dance classes, parties and real life experience. Never give up an opportunity to dance onto the floor and you'll be ready for any illegal back alley dance off that comes your way!

*Arthur Murray Dance Studios do not recommend or condone any type of illegal dance offs. Back alley or otherwise.

Endurance
The more you dance, the more you can! Spending time on the dance floor and making sure that you're working as hard as possible in your groups and parties will help you build up the stamina necessary to dance the night away. Always dancing full out on your dance lesson is a great way to stay in shape and be prepared for when you do have an all-day dance event. Showcase is always right around the corner!

Costumes
There is a lot of pressure being a hero. Trying to hide your identity, the overwhelming pressure of the job and working all those night shifts! In my humble opinion the most stressful part of fighting crime must be choosing a costume. For the rest of your vigilante career the costume you choose will be your brand, your image and your reputation. The good news is, as ballroom dancers we have the ability to don many different masks. You're going to need different outfits for smooth or rhythm, solo routines, galas and if you decide to compete. But do not worry, your teacher can help guide you in the right direction and set you up with a good place to look for costumes. While it’s nice to dress the part, remember that the only tools you truly need to be a good ballroom dancer are a good pair of dance shoes and a learning attitude!
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