Why it’s never too late to learn to dance and how you can start
The saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” has been debunked time and time again, yet too often people insist that they’ve got two left feet and are far too old to correct it, or that dancing is a ‘young person’s game’ and it’s all just too fast paced. But for those passionate enough about dancing, age is but a number and there’s a style of dance to suit you. So lace up your shoes, button up a shirt that makes you feel fabulous and let us show you that dancing is for people of all ages.
Any movement is good movement
If you’re lifting your heart rate a few times a week for more than 30 minutes, you’re doing the right thing by your body. Moving your body can help fight several diseases, as well as helping you keep that fit, young feeling for a lot longer, but you don’t need to engage in the gym or going for long runs to do this. One of the best ways to achieve fitness at any age, while still having fun, is to dance. Regardless of whether your last dance was an awkward boogie at a relative’s wedding that you regret now you’ve seen the photos, you probably have fond memories of moving your body to music from some stage in your life. So look beyond the fast paced, trick-heavy hip hop of today, because there’s a style of dance out there for you.
Get in touch with your younger self
Reminiscing about the past is a normal part of being human, and something to be celebrated: living long enough to tell wonderful stories about your youth is something that you should feel lucky to be able to do and that more young people should appreciate. So bring a little part of your past to life with dance classes. Whether it was swing, foxtrot, or something different entirely that got you moving in your younger days, it’s never too late to revisit the steps that once made up a huge part of your life. You might even be able to teach those young guns a thing or two!
No one won a gold medal on their first go, so there’s no need to commit to a whole season of dance classes before you’re ready. Attend a few different styles of dance classes before committing can help you make an informed decision. After all, how do you know if you like Salsa dancing or not before you try it? On the flip side, you might be keen on foxtrot, only to realise you’re more suited to cha cha after a few lessons. As a bonus, Arthur Murray offers first timers their first lesson free, so that you can experiment with a few styles, as well as discover your dance level ability without breaking the bank.
Competitiveness can be fun, and is important in many aspects of your life, but in the early stages of learning to dance, there is no rush to be the best in the class. The most important thing you can do is be the person having the most fun, as those who enjoy themselves are not only the ones who improve the fastest, they also stand the highest chance of making a new friend or two – and that’s gotta be worth dancing for.
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