“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!”

- William Butler Yeats

If any of the following statements sound like you, then you should definitely read this article:

  • I have no rhythm
  • Dancing is too hard
  • I’m too shy to dance in public
  • I don’t have the body of a dancer
  • I don’t have the time to learn how to dance
  • I've two left feet

Put aside your preconceptions and doubts about dancing and your fears of getting up on the dance floor. Just like thousands of other people around Ireland, even if you're an absolute beginner, you can start learning how to dance today!

Plenty of people have been inspired by TV shows like “Strictly Come Dancing” and  “Dancing with the Stars”  . Watching Celebrities go from struggling to absolute dance heroes has made so many people picked up their dancing shoes and join a dance class or find a dance instructor.

Thousands of people across Ireland have tried learning to dance at least once in their life and most people probably attended dance classes when they were a child. Dancing lessons are popular because of how fun it is and how creative it allows you to be, but what are the mental and physical benefits of learning to dance?

Still not sure about learning to dance?

At Superprof we have compiled a list of 15 great reasons to go to a dance class or find a private dance tutor and learn to dance.

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1. Dancing is Enjoyable

Dancing is first and foremost a leisure activity. If you want to learn how to dance, it’s probably because you want to have fun and learn some new dance moves.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re learning the cha-cha, bachata, rock ‘n’ roll, Cuban or Puerto Rican salsa, merengue, Viennese waltz, Zumba, or mambo, let the music take you away from your everyday worries. Bit by bit, you’ll stop worrying and start enjoying yourself. All types of dance classes are a great way to unwind.

2. Get Rid of Stress with Dancing

"Dance has helped me overcome a lot of personal challenges. If I feel sad or depressed, I just go to the set and dance. It makes me feel alive."

- Remo D'Souza

Like all physical activity, dancing lessons are a great way to get rid of stress!

It encourages the release of endorphins, the hormones of happiness. Scientific studies have shown that dancing is great for your well-being. You can’t hide it. Even if you’re an absolute beginner, you can still enjoy the benefits of dancing.

If you're stressed about your wedding, you can even get wedding dance lessons. This is great if you and your partner want to learn a few moves before your first dance on the big day.

3. Stay in Shape with Dancing

A lot of professional footballers and fighters use Dance Classes to improve their agility and speed as part of their fitness routines. Men wanting to build muscle will obviously have to complement their dance tutorials with workout sessions while women looking to tone up without building muscle might be interested in dance fitness. Disciplines like zumba, pilates, etc., can also help you improve your breathing.

Dancing is both an art form and a sport. Whether you attend a dance workshop or private lessons, you can improve your physique by dancing. You can tone your muscles and increase your endurance. While your first few lessons may result in a few aches and pains the following day, with regular practise, these will just be a distant memory.

A dance lesson can be as rigorous as going for a run; it’s an intense cardio workout. If you need something more intense than a line dance class, for example, you can always go dancing fitness classes.

4. Stay in Shape with Dancing

Are you familiar with what a dancer’s body is? Slim, toned and flexible!

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Dancing is great for losing weight and improving your flexibility. (Source: StockSnap)

Not only do dancers have great figures because of all the calories they burn, they also have a great posture thanks to dancing.

Dancing is especially good for the muscles in your legs and glutes. It also works the hips, your lower back and your abdomen. Some forms of dancing also work the arms and the upper body. As muscle tone improves and flexibility increases, you might even experience relief from back pain and an increase in stamina.

Have you seen what dancers look like? Dancers are elegant since they have to stand up straight and move gracefully.

You can also learn to dance in the comfort of your own home.

5. Become More Flexible by Dancing

Dancing works almost every joint.

You’ll also do stretches to warm up your muscles. The activities you do in your dance classes will help you improve your flexibility. While you won’t be able to do the splits or be an expert breakdancer after just one lesson, you’ll become more limber over time.

Most dance styles will help you become more supple, improve coordination, musicality, posture and alignment. Dance also increases your joint mobility and muscle flexibility. As well as being a great way to burn those pesky calories it's just a lot of fun!

6. Dance to Find Love

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Some dance lessons can even lead to love! Or reignite passions in those who attend as a couple, the close contact can be mesmerising and extremely sensual!

Don’t forget that dancing can be quite a sensual activity, certain dance styles, like salsa, were designed for finding love on the dance floor. Whether you’re a man or a woman, who doesn’t love a good dancer?

Being able to dance will help you stand out on the dance floor.

Don’t think so?

How many couples do you know who met each other on a night out? Better yet just get out those old dance films like 'Foot Loose', 'Grease', 'Dirty Dancing', 'High School Musical' and even 'Step Up' dancing = love, often in the co-stars offset too! Pole dancing,

Argentine tango and swing dancing are also very popular at the moment.

Ever wonder why so many people remember what they were listening to when they met?

If you're confident when you dance and you're having fun, you'll find it much easier to introduce yourself to new people.

7. Meet New People by Dancing

Just like when it comes to finding love, you can also make friends by dancing. Dance is a highly social activity. In an Irish dance class, children learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation, and make new friends. With each class, children interact with other dancers in the class, and more often than not develop lifelong friendships with those dancers.

This doesn’t necessarily have to take place in nightclubs, dance classes or workshops are an opportunity to dance with different partners in a friendly atmosphere. You’ll quickly get to know people through a shared interest: your passion for dancing.

A lot of dance styles, like ballroom dancing, the foxtrot, and ballet, for example, require you to have a partner. Once the lesson’s over, you and your class could always go for a drink, a coffee, or some food.

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8. Dance to Spice Up Your Relationship

A lot of couples get dance classes for the first dance at their wedding.

Why should your dance classes end once you’re married?

Practising dance is a great thing to do as a couple!

Dance classes can reignite passions in those who attend as a couple, the close contact can be mesmerising and sensual!

In fact, private dance lessons can make you and your partner more synchronised. Not to mention the fact that dancing is a great way to get closer to your partner. It’s a great way to reignite the passion in your relationship.

Whether it’s ballroom dancing, Latin dance, tango, or whatever, you should choose a fiery dance style that works for you.

Why not try a bit of rumba, cha cha, salsa or even pole dancing?

Start taking online dance classes as a couple today.

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Dancing is one of the best things to do as a couple, to reignite a spark of passion. (Source: Bernard-Verougstraete)

9. Gain Self-Confidence with Dancing

Learning to dance can give you the confidence you need to feel more comfortable in social environments such as parties or nightclubs

Are you shy?

Introverted?

Do you have trouble in groups or just lack a bit of self-confidence?

Getting dance instruction is a great way to improve your self-esteem while doing something creative and fun. The more you improve, the more confidence you’ll get. There’s nothing better than achieving your goals and then feeling capable of climbing mountains!

Once you’ve learned about dance and got a bit of confidence, you’ll see it start to positively impact other aspects of your daily life. If you start going to shows and dance competitions, you’ll also be able to show off this new confidence to spectators and do more than you ever thought was possible.

If you dream of learning to dance but you're worried about the affordability of lessons, there are plenty of ways you can learn to dance for free!

10. Disconnect with Dancing

How many hours a day do you spend in front of screens either watching the telly or glued to your mobile phone?

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to disconnect from all that, even if just for an hour a week while you learn to dance?

You can leave your other worries behind by learning how to dance at your own pace with a dance teacher.

The second you start learning how to dance, you’ll forget about everything else. Even if your tutor's not around, you can always put on dance videos on YouTube to learn new dance moves.

Taking a dance class allocates you some time out for yourself, this time can allow you to gain mental clarity and focus.

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Learning to dance is a great way for anyone to stay both physically and mentally healthy. (Source: fsHH)

11. Stay Young by Dancing

There are plenty of physical benefits to dancing lessons. Numerous scientific studies have also shown the benefits dancing can have on the brain. The results may surprise you:

  • Dancing can reduce the risk of dementia by 76%.
  • Tango can alleviate the effects of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Dancing, especially modern dance, can reduce anxiety.

12. Communicate with Dancing

Body language is universal.

Dancing is a way to communicate with your body and externalise and express your emotions. You’ll see this if you attend any dance shows; dancers make gestures and movements that convey messages and emotions and the show will tell a story.

Not fancy being a professional dancer?

That doesn’t matter. Dance is an art form that allows anyone to express themselves in the same way that painting or music can. When you travel, you can always dance or use gestures if you don’t speak the language.

13. Improve Your Memory by Dancing

Learning dance steps, some choreography, coordinating your movements, etc. This all requires a lot of concentration and memory.

Getting involved in dancing is, therefore, a great way to stimulate your memory and improve it. these include learning to listen, following directions and memory building.

Dancing helps when it comes to learning to listen, following directions and memory building. it also promotes self-confidence and self-esteem. Over time you’ll find learning routines easier and easier and it’ll all soon become second nature to you.

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Country dancing is particularly at Western-style is gaining popularity rapidly so pull on those boots and get stepping, Photo by Chase Yi on Unsplash

14. Stimulate Your Creativity with Dancing

Just like all other art forms, dancing is a way to be creative.

There’s no doubt that after a few lessons you’ll want to improvise and create your own choreography rather than doing the steps you’ve been taught. As an amateur dancer, you’ll soon become a choreographer and an expert in improvisation. Next you’ll be impressing your friends with your moves on a night out.

15. Learn to Dance Professionally

" My mom is actually a former prima ballerina, and all the women in my family are associated either with dance or choreography or acting, so I'm very lucky in a way because I grew up in a family of artists. I've been dancing since I was a little kid."

- Ksenia Solo

Is dancing your true calling?

You can get paid to be a dancer and dancing is a great way to branch out professionally. This is a job that requires a lot of work and can reward you with both fame and money.

Whatever experience you have, you can start learning how to dance at any age. There are classes for kids, teens, and adults, beginners, intermediates, and experts, or intensive courses, private lessons, and group classes.

If you want to learn to dance casually or need to improve a lot in a short amount of time, have a look at some of our private tutors and find the right person to teach you how to dance today.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for rock ‘n’ roll dancing, tango, salsa, flamenco, line dancing, tap, or hip hop, there are plenty of different styles of dance to choose from.

So, how much can you expect to pay for your dance tuition? Click here to learn about dance lesson prices.

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If you still need some convincing that learning to dance can help you achieve a healthy mind, body and soul, why not try some tutorials for free via apps such as YouTube or TikTok where there are free dance lessons out there ready and waiting.

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Online apps such as YouTube and tik-tok often offer short three-minute lessons on how to dance, which can be really helpful if you want to learn a few bits without signing up to a class.

Why not start with some free lessons?

One example of the many channels out there that provide free lessons is Living the Dream. Living the Dream Performing Arts was set up by award-winning entrepreneur Zoe Jackson MBE in 2006 at the age of 16. Living the Dream is a School of Performing Arts and Professional Dance Company that inspires people to live their dreams through dance. You can start dancing with Zoe today by following along with this fun and simple dance routine.

Or if you think you need something a little more tailored or interactive, to make sure you don’t lose money by choosing the wrong tutor, Why not try a lesson with a tutor at Superprof?

Most of the tutors on Superprof offer their first hour of tuition for free. Make the most of this hour to establish your goals, see if you get along with your tutor, agree on rates, schedules, and the other fine details of learning how to dance.

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Maureen

Hey, I'm Maur/Mo, I'm a writer from Ireland. I've written a novel and a lot of poetry and fiction. Currently, I work as a content writer at superprof