7 Reasons You Are Lucky to Be a Dancer

Being a dancer isn’t all rainbows. Learning to dance well takes years of hard work, and there’s typically no pot of gold awaiting you, either – sore, callused feet are more likely.

Still, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how lucky you are. There are plenty of benefits to being a dancer.

7 Reasons You're Lucky to be a DancerWe hope you’ll do a jig when you read these lucky seven:

1. Dancers move with health and confidence.

Dancing helps keep you physically fit and healthy. Dance is good for your heart, lungs, and bones. It’s a fun way to stay active while increasing your strength, stamina, and flexibility. In addition, dancing encourages good posture, body awareness and control that, even as you age, can and will benefit you. All of these things come together in a dancer to give him/her a physical confidence that others can spot and recognize. “You’re a dancer, I could tell.”

2. Dancing helps you keep your wits.

Two well-publicized studies [study 1, study 2] concluded that dancing is the only physical activity to reduce your chances of dementia in the way that cognitive activities do. Dance requires you to use multiple parts of your brain at the same time. No matter your age, this increased brain power improves your mental sharpness and agility, and can even increase your attention span.

The Benefits of Being a Dancer3. Dancing gives return on self-investment.

Dance keeps you in touch with your body, which is healing all by itself in a couch potato culture. Dance also helps you connect with your mind, emotions, and spirit. The practice of dance is an investment in yourself that can reduce stress, improve your mental well-being, and give you an outlet for self-expression.

4. Dance teaches survival skills.

Dancing builds resilience and determination because, well, dance is hard! You learn to keep trying despite failed attempts, keep going when things don’t go as planned, and yes, occasionally grit your teeth through a bit of pain. Dance also gives you plenty of chances to be resourceful and a creative thinker, especially if dance is your chosen career.

5. Never. Stop. Growing.

Dancing teaches you to keep going but you also learn that a person never stops growing. Every step you ascend on the stairway of dance, lights the way to more. There’s always somewhere to go; more goals to accomplish or details to master. This endless climb is also quite humbling… bonus!

6. All you really need to know, you learned in dance class.

Commitment, communication skills, passion, perseverance, the ability to take and respond to constructive (or not-so constructive) criticism and, you bet, that slice of humble pie, are just a few of the life skills dancing develops in its lifetime pupils. There’s not much you need to know in life that you haven’t already learned in a dance class.

7. As a dancer, you become part of a bigger picture.

Dancers build lasting memories and friendships with one another. Maybe it’s the work or long hours together, or maybe it’s because you’ve each given so much of yourself, but it always happens. Wherever you go, when you spot that other dancer in the room (and you will), you’ll know you have something in common. That shared experience is part of a rich history of tradition and innovation that unites dancers all over the world. And, because dance is tied deeply to the roots of our communities and cultures, dance builds awareness and appreciation of the differences and similarities between people. This makes you a better citizen of the world.

So, count your lucky charms, dancer. You are all kinds of awesome!

Before you go, be sure to share why YOU think you’re lucky to be a dancer in the comments.

May all your wishes be granted this St. Patrick’s Day!

Nichelle (owner/editor)
Nichelle Suzanne is a writer specializing in dance and online content. She is also a dance instructor with over 20 years experience teaching in dance studios, community programs, and colleges. She began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. As a Houston-based dance writer, Nichelle covers dance performance for Dance Source Houston, Arts+Culture Texas, and other publications. She is a leader in social media within the dance community and has presented on blogging for dance organizations, including Dance/USA. Nichelle provides web consulting and writing services for dancers, dance schools and studios, and those beyond the dance world.
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Comments

  1. I’m lucky because I get to share my passion with others!!

  2. Sue Smith @dancingcancer says:

    Hello please can you reference the keeping your wits by dancing studies? Thanks. Sue

  3. Love this blog! Dance teaches you several skills that are very useful for everyday life, my favorite is to never give up. In dance you fall down so many times, but you keep getting back up and eventually find you ballance. This is something that I take with me in all areas of my life. And as a dancer, you do become a part of the bigger picture. You can move, touch and inspire someone with the story you tell through movement and also teaching dance. I am teacing dance foster kids to help them find their self expression.
    Awesome blog!
    Melanie

  4. Beautiful read….dance makes me love myself everyday. I’m a free spirited thinkiner, no rules bind me and i have some pretty shitty situations with a smile. I think thats all only because i am a dancer 🙂

  5. You get 7 yes’s from me! All good reasons to be a dancer.

    As both a dancer and teacher, I find I appreciate others so much more because of dance, whether it’s their passion, their experience, their cute little outfits, their naturally arched feet, their laugh when they make a mistake, their support of new students, their feel for movement or rhythm or music…everyone has something that can inspire someone else. Perhaps that’s a corollary to your “bigger picture” comment.

  6. Lizzy DeFiore says:

    All great reasons to be a dancer!

    I love dancing because i can express myself through dance while on stage.
    In practice I feel relaxed dancing and it calms me when i am stressed.

  7. My ten-year-old was so shy when she started dancing at five, that she would only show the teacher her steps with a friend, never by herself. Since then her confidence has grown SO much that she is now a leader in her class, and was chosen to start their end-of-year show dance by coming onstage all by herself. That’s what we love most about dance!

  8. Nichelle, this article rocks! You’ve said it all right here. I have been the business manager of Social Dance Studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan for three years and in that time I’ve seen this list to be completely true. I’ve never known any other activity/ lifestyle that is so transformative and connecting. In a world that relies on electronic communication and technology, which is designed to keep people apart from one another, it is ONLY dance that keeps its participants engaged, involved, connected and interested in one another in a tangible way that is evident in every person on the boards. Great job! Love what you do and way to go on uniting the disengaged techies of the world with the connected alive dance community.

  9. Thanks for the continued love on this post. Dance is my favorite habit! 😉

  10. Debra Sands says:

    Absolutely a beautiful read….. Dance is my life, I have been dancing and teaching now for 46yrs. Dance is in my marrow and I couldn’t live my life without it. We are three generations of dancers and teachers in our family and so privileged to pass on this amazing art to our students that has so much to offer. Dance connects us and for sure gives us the 7 benefits you described so well. Thank you Nichelle xx

  11. One of my FAVORITE blogs!!

  12. Chrishore kazoka says:

    I am an African proud dancer, i do choreography and its the best experience i always have when ever am choreographing, it never gets old.
    I count my lucky charm. And to all dancers out there, big ups to you guys.
    Lets dance the pain out.
    Lets dance the sadness in us out.
    Lets dance the stress out.
    Lets dance the whole world…

  13. Great the post, u makes me feel proud of being a dancer

    Thank You

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