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Top 10 Reasons to Dance

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There are so many great reasons why you should dance, we found it hard to narrow them down, but here are Arthur Murray’s top ten reasons you should start dancing.

1. Improved health

The health benefits of learning to dance are endless: the cardio exercise will improve your heart function, help tone muscles and lose excess weight; the constant shifting of weight will strengthen your bones; and the discipline will improve your posture, balance and co-ordination.

2. Mental alertness

Learning a new skill is a great way to keep mentally alert as you get older. Like any other muscle, your brain needs regular use to keep in tip-top condition. When you start dancing you engage and challenge different parts of your brain, rewiring neural pathways to process new information and helping keep your memory sharp.

3. Emotional well-being

Dancing is not only fun, but it is all-consuming and focussing on co-ordinating your legs, arms, body and head at all times means that you simply won’t be able to think about any other worries. Enjoying yourself and forgetting your cares is a great stress reliever and the perfect antidote to a tough day.

4. Social whirl

Attending dance lessons regularly, and being partnered with each person in the class, will quickly expand your circle of friends. You and your classmates will bond over the shared learning curve of your new hobby which can lead to lasting relationships. As your confidence grows you will enjoy attending social dances and letting your hair down outside the class environment, and before you know it dance will take over your life.

5. Self confidence boost

As your body, balance and posture improve, so too will your self-esteem. When you first start to learn to dance it may seem impossible, but as you begin to master the new skill you will feel your confidence soar. Before long, the isolated steps you learn will turn into routines and the sense of accomplishment will give you further impetus to tackle increasingly complex choreography.

6. Express yourself

Dancing is more than simple steps, it is being able to lose your inhibitions, feel the rhythm of the music and moving seamlessly with the beat. Dance offers a creative outlet like no other, where you can express your personality, both in movement and in dress. Not worrying about how you look is a very liberating experience and will give you a sense of freedom that is good for the soul.

7. Become body aware

Not only will dancing help you become more aware of your own body, but it will help you read other people through their body language. By learning the subtle cues of your partner to gauge the next dance step, you will start to pick up the tell-tale signs of how others around you are feeling and you will soon be able to understand their emotions through their posture.

8. Explore cultures

Whether you enjoy the Latin numbers, a bit of Bollywood or a classic Ballroom dance, learning dance is more than just grasping the footwork – you can immerse yourself in the culture and history of your chosen dance and understand more about the roots of each style.

9. Someone special

Physical contact with another person brings an immense sense of well-being and so, by simply dancing with someone else, you will increase your inner peace. Whether you find someone special through dancing or you encourage a loved one to join your new passion, this intimacy will develop a powerful bond between you both. It is easy to take someone for granted when you have been together a while, but dance couples often take a fresh look at their partner when they get into hold.

10. Have fun

Finally, and most importantly, dance is quite simply great fun! It doesn’t matter which style you choose, or how proficient you are, moving with the music is enough to put a great big smile on your face – so come on down to Arthur Murray to give it a try.


Both my wife and I are extremely happy learning ballroom dancing at Crows Nest Arthur Murray Studio. We have found the dancing instructors to be professional, knowledgeable, friendly and supportive. We are more than happy to continue enjoying our dancing experience and social activities with all the other students. We feel like part of a large joyous dancing family.John & Marilynread more
John Chung
John Chung
11:16 14 Feb 17
We were interested in learning Tango for our daughter's wedding last year, but here we are in our second year at AM, Crows Nest - dancing has now become our passion, due in large part, to the excellence of teaching and supportive atmosphere of this studio! The journey is long and I so envy the folks who have started years ago to achieve the beauty and grace of ballroom and the seduction of Latin dancing. We are determined to continue !!!read more
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
Ayshe Talay-Ongan
23:35 06 Feb 17
We started dancing in 2009 for our wedding - and had so much fun learning that we kept it up. They have incredible flexibility to do as much as you want, on your schedule, and consist of staff that appreciate busy working (and family!) lives --- while encouraging you to always improve yourselves! As a couple learning they have accommodated both our learning styles very more
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
Heidi Kuglin Justin Beck
08:48 04 Feb 17
I walked through the doors at Arthur Murray Crows Nest over 10 years ago having never danced a day in my life… I was looking for something fun to do outside of work and I’ve been there ever since!! There are local and overseas competitions, social nights and lots of glamorous events throughout the year to keep you busy. It’s fun, challenging, incredibly rewarding and you have an absolute blast along the way!!read more
Amy Hendry
Amy Hendry
02:29 31 Jan 17
I have loved dance all of my life but the Arthur Murray Crows Nest experience has taken my love and learning to another level. I have been dancing here for 14 years and will continue until my body gives up. My lessons are so much fun, challenging in a good way and a great form of exercise. Add to that the social side, great people, parties, outings, local and overseas competitions and you have the ultimate more
Janet Black
Janet Black
02:19 27 Jan 17