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Why Do We Dance?
“Your body posture changes the way you think about problems. It influences the decisions you make in life, even after one minute. ”
-- Peter Lovatt, Psychologist and Dancer
In prehistoric times dancing enabled our ancestors to bond and communicate with one another, especially during difficult times. The ability to dance, at one point, was connected to our ability to attract a partner, therefore increasing our likelihood of survival. Over the ages dance has evolved from an evolutionary necessity to the ultimate form of self-expression; but just because we aren’t dancing for our survival anymore doesn’t mean the act of dance isn’t as vital as ever before. These are just a few of the ways that dance can enrich your physical, mental and emotional life.
Dance - It Does a Body Good
We all know that dancing is a fantastic physical workout that helps you maintain muscle tone and strength, keeping you looking and feeling fit and healthy, but did you know that the physiological benefits are just as amazing?
Dance experts and health professionals have long reported that dancing could secure your blood health and make your bones strong and keep them lubricated to avoid bone-related problems like osteoporosis.
“You get to be healthy and you get lots of exercise!” says Zoe, 7, who has been dancing since the age of 3. “Dance can help you, and teach you a lot” agrees Alexa, 8. “It’s very good exercise and it also makes you happier”
Dance Levels Up Your Confidence & Self Esteem
Confidence is one of the most important mental traits to possess. How confident you are will impact your entire life, from the choices you make to your ability to recover from setbacks.
The perpetual learning and mastering of new skills in dance helps to build this confidence pattern up in your brain, while performing in front of peers and participating in competitions boosts both your self-confidence and your perception of yourself.
Through dance you also become comfortable with the focus of others upon yourself, which is an essential leadership trait. These skills carry out into daily life and will stay with you forever.
“Dance has made me stronger and made me more confident in performing and speaking” says 9 year-old Beth. “It has made me feel more comfortable doing things in front of others.”
Dance is like a Suit of Armour… for Your Brain
Dance stimulates areas of the brain that combat memory loss and can even guard against future neurological disorders. "Neuroscientists already know that our brains learn best when cognitive and emotional and psychological information is being processed at the same time.
“This is what dance is - a trifecta of powerful processing on three levels simultaneously!" said Dance/Movement Therapist, Lora Wilson. "In a landmark 21-year study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2003, scientists noted that dancing more than any other activity physical or cognitive, was associated with a lower risk for dementia."
Communication Skills Game, So Strong
Dancing with a partner develops your listening skills and mindfulness. "You need to listen to the movement," says author Valeh Nazemoff. "The listening comes from gestures." This in-tune awareness of your partner’s actions helps you grow your ability to communicate and can help in future social and business situations by improving your listening and inferencing abilities.
“Dance gives you really good communication skills” says Jocelyn, 12. “Imagine if someone from your group was to leave, you`d have to re-choreograph the dance and be willing to do it. You have to communicate”
Dance is a Community
In a community no one is left behind. Everyone pools their energies and resources to look out for each other and this contributes to the overall success of the group. Interestingly, the success of the group has a lasting impact on the individual.
When you are surrounded by people who you genuinely care to see succeed it motivates you to do your personal best as well. Human tendencies toward jealousy and bitterness melt away because there is no line drawn between your personal success and the success of your community – they’re the same.
Most of these bonds established in dance carry over into lifelong friendships. “I feel so happy when I can come to dance and see my friends” says 7 year-old Kaylee and 12 year-old Zoey agrees “you get to learn new skills and bond with others that love dance as well.”
Why Choose Showtime Productions?
“At Showtime Productions you get to explain yourself through dancing. I’ve had a lot of great memories this year” – Jocelyn, 12
“Sometimes there can be drama at school and it’s nice to be able to get away and dance; it expresses a lot about you. I’ve been with Showtime since I started dance and it’s nice to see them grow. I really, really like their music selection” – Jahna, 12
“(At Showtime Productions) we get to learn new things and have a lot of fun” – Aaliyah
“I get to express my feelings through dance” - Zoey, 12
“It’s really nice to know that there are people who will help you if you need it. Being part of a team helps you to make new friends and learn new things” – Beth
Whatever your reasons are for dancing, there is no question that the benefits are vast. Whether you’re competing at regionals or just thinking of taking your first class, Showtime Productions provides the excitement and joy of dance Showtime’s trademark is a warm, family oriented atmosphere welcoming it’s dancers and parents with fun and exciting programs, workshops, classes, and seminars.
It is an inviting and encouraging environment where children, teens, and adults alike can learn new skills, make friends, and better themselves, all while taking their capabilities to the next level. Our instructors and choreographers are highly trained and are focused on developing each individual’s talent and inner strength, ensuring that Showtime will carry you to the highest of your capabilities.
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