When we think of classical dance, we imagine the little rats of the Opera, or we think of our childhood, when we went every Wednesday to the conservatory. We see each other proudly wearing the white leotard, pink tights and dance shoes.
From the first notes of music the rest of the world stops. Our breathing synchronized with each gracious gesture. Not hunted, entrechat, crossed in front, half-folded or arabesque, these terms may seem strange but for the dancers, these movements are a real language that belongs to them. Dance is not just a hobby or a passion … it’s a real way of life.
This return to the past brings back memories of all the times when one has been on stage or in spectacle. We see ourselves dancing and sometimes having pain because of blisters on our feet. But always dance. These memories show today that the scars were well worth it.
The elegance and grace that emanates from people who dance are the result of excessive training. Because classical dance is not only a dance, it is also a sport that requires a great deal of rigor and work. Those who say otherwise should wear slippers and try to dance with it for 12 hours!
As the professional Shanna Lafleur once said:
“You have to be an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer”.
In addition to developing creativity, dancing also relieves stress and brings a lot of joy and happiness to those who practice it. We escape from reality, it is an activity where we get lost in the movements.
Research has shown that people who grew up dancing are less stressed and happier.
In Sweden, researchers conducted a study of 112 adolescent girls. All girls had back pain, neck pain, anxiety, depression or stress. Half of the research was done on girls who took dance classes each week while the other half did not. The results were very positive for the teenage girls who did this activity. Their mental health and mood have improved significantly. Anna Dubert, lead author of this study, said, “Dancing can result in strong adherence and create a positive experience for participants.”
You have never practiced dancing? It’s never too late. You can still register at the conservatory or at a school to enjoy the benefits of this discipline. Little chance to become a star dancer, but the goal is to do good! Doing classical or modern dance after work or on weekends is a great way to integrate dance into your life. And very quickly, you will feel the difference. According to Psychology Today magazine, dancing makes you happier than running or doing gymnastics.
At the University of London, a study was done on patients with anxiety disorders. They have all spent time in one of the following therapeutic environments: a sport class, a modern dance class, a math class or a music class. Overall, the modern dance class was the only one that significantly reduced anxiety. “There are shortcuts to happiness, and dance is one of them,” this sentence from author Vicki Baum sums up the positive effects of dance on health.
Dance has other virtues: it stimulates the mind and sharpens cognitive skills at any age. This discipline stimulates different brain activities at the same time: emotional, rational, kinesthetic and musical, which positively increases brain function.
A fun activity with multiple health benefits that keeps us fit, makes us feel good and makes us smarter, look no further; it’s dancing!
Whether you do classical dance, hip-hop, modern dance or rock, you will have many benefits to your body and mind. All the dancers will confirm it to you.
What are you waiting for to move while having fun?
Sign up for a dance class and indulge yourself both physically, mentally and morally. Your body and mind will thank you.