Why Dance

Why Ballroom Dancing

Adults understand the importance of self-confidence, pride, and importance of interacting with others in a cooperative and respectful manner. The Philadelphia Dance Foundation seeks to instill and enhance these attributes in children and youth of under-served populations and children and youth with disabilities through the art of ballroom dancing.

What you learn from ballroom dancing:

  • Teamwork
  • Discipline
  • An appreciation for the music of different cultures
  • Poise, balance, and self-confidence
  • The importance of personal hygiene
  • A skill that sets you apart from others

How ballroom dancing improves your physical and mental health

  • According to the Mayo Clinic:
    • Dancing continuously for thirty minutes burns 200-2,400 calories, the same as running, cycling, or swimming
    • The side-to-side motions of many ballroom dances, such as the Mambo and Swing, strengthen the tibia, fibula, and femur. This also helps with the slowing or loss of bone mass associated with osteoporosis.
  • Ballroom dancing burns approximately 250-400 calories per hour.
  • The Mayo Clinic Health Letter encouraged readers to try ballroom dancing as a great way to burn calories, improve cardiovascular health and help in developing strong social ties, which contributes to self-esteem and a positive outlook.

First impressions

The expressiveness of body language frequently dictates the way others respond to us. Many experts will tell you that communication is 80% physical. What you say or do may not be as important as how you look while saying or doing it. To express positive body language, you must feel good about yourself. Ballroom dancing gives you the poise and self confidence to make a positive first impression during those critical first 15 seconds in a job interview and/or social setting.

Ballroom dancing, a valuable lifetime social skill, will provide much joy and be useful during your entire life. It is a skill to be learned, practiced, used frequently, and treasured.