The Benefits of Dance

Exercise & Physical Fitness

With the pressures of job, family,  and social obligations tugging us in so many directions; it’s more and more difficult to find time for exercise. Maybe that’s why Americans are struggling with their weight and health more than ever.

It’s no secret that moderate exercise and sensible eating habits are the key to remaining trim and fit. However, the thought of spending thirty minutes on a treadmill, or jogging around the block five times is out of the question for many of us. Dancing works like a stress and tension reducer. For people on a hectic schedule it can become a passion that helps you improve your attitude and increase your confidence in both social and business situations.

That’s what makes dance the ideal exercise! After all, dancing is a mild aerobic workout, minus the boring part! When you take dance lessons, you make exercise a fun and enjoyable social event, every night of the week. Your dance “work out” takes place with pleasant music and everyone’s in a good mood. It’s fun.


Ballroom dancing is as romantic as it is enjoyable!!  For years the world’s greatest romantics have known the best way to a lady’s heart is to sweep her across the dance floor. Holding, touching and moving to the music is the most romantic skill any couple can add to their lives. Think of all the countless number of relationships that would have never started without the world’s best ice breaker — “may I have this dance”.

The romantic properties of dance are a secret that all good dancers enjoy. For men, being able to recognize which dance the band is playing and having the confidence in your ability to walk across the floor and ask a lady to dance is a social prerequisite. For ladies, they will always be in demand as a partner once they master the grace and poise, the styling and the all-important following skills.

Plus, dancing can help keep two people together. After years of marriage, new excitement can be found together on the dance floor. It’s a “shot in the arm”. It encourages the spark of romance for stressed out, tension-plagued people. It’s great for keeping a marriage interesting and long lasting. When surveyed, more women said they would prefer a night of dancing to flowers or chocolates for St. Valentine’s Day.

Other Benefits:

Arthur Murray Dance Students gain many benefits through becoming better dancers. While developing your dancing skills you should not be surprised if you:

  • Get more fun and enjoyment from your social life.
  • Enjoy increased self confidence.
  • Meet new people and make new friends.
  • Improve your overall health.
  • Feel more at ease in social situations.
  • Find the exercise and fitness you’ve wanted.
  • Make your partner happy.
  • Enjoy attending more parties.
  • Find your business relationships improving.
  • Acquire more grace and poise.
  • Overcome shyness.
  • Relieve stress.
  • Stand out on the dance floor.
  • Never have to say “no” to a dance invitation
  • Discover recreation in a new way.
  • Feel refreshed and relaxed.

One of the great benefits of learning to dance at the Arthur Murray® Schools of Dance is that your dancing will last a lifetime. It is always yours to continue and enjoy.

Consider These Facts

  • Dance contributes to increased personal confidence.
  • Olympic athletes often include dance in their training to sharpen their control, agility, speed and balance.
  •  Dance is considered to be one of the top five physical activities, out of 60 studied.
  • Dance contributes to good posture and body alignment.
  •  Dancing encourages gentle stretching.
  • Dance increases your flexibility and stamina.
  • As an aerobic exercise, dance benefits your cardiovascular system as you swing and sway from hips to shoulders.
  • Some doctors recommend thirty minutes of dance, three times per week.
  • Many people turn to ballroom dance when more traditional exercise programs fall by the wayside, either because of injuries or sheer boredom.

Ballroom dance is a low impact activity. This makes it accessible to people of at any age or fitness level. With less emphasis on “going for the burn” and more on having fun; the weight loss, improved circulation and aerobic conditioning emerges as a wonderful side effect.