3 Reasons to take Salsa Dance Classes
Honestly, there are more than 3 reasons why you should take Salsa dance classes. I started taking Salsa dance classes in 2009 and it’s been the best decision of my life. Nothing has had a bigger impact on my emotional, physical and spiritual health. The dance moves and tricks that I’ve learned are amazing but they are not nearly as significant as the health benefits I’ve experienced. So here are the three reasons why taking a Salsa dance class will change your life.
Physical Benefits of Salsa
In a one-hour class, you are taking an average of 1500 to 2000 steps. If you go out social dancing, you will work up a sweat. So there are obvious physical benefits. Many studies show the physical and mental benefits of Salsa dance classes. Salsa dance classes also improve working memory in older adults. The results are comparable to reading or practicing other sports like swimming. There are so many mental benefits to Salsa dancing, that you should check out the full blog post here to learn more.
You also have to be fully present when Salsa dancing. Followers have to pay attention to the leaders and leaders have to create the dance. Both leaders and followers must adjust to every new partner. So your brain is constantly firing. Your neurons are firing and new neural connections are being made. Your heart rate goes up. You’re smiling more. There are a million physical benefits to taking Salsa dance classes and that is one of the top three reasons to take Salsa Dance classes.
Emotional Benefits of Salsa
Feeling stuck and uninspired is the worst. But taking Salsa dance classes never allows you to feel uninspired. Even fourteen years after starting my Latin Dance journey, and now running the largest Salsa Dance School in Canada, I’m still learning and growing as a Salsa dancer. This is the exciting thing. There is no peak in dance. There’s always someone new to meet on the dance floor, new moves to learn and new connections to create. You can also learn different styles of Salsa – LA, New York, or Cuban.
The world of Salsa is a massive, incredibly positive community. Some of the kindest and warmest people I have ever met have been on the dance floor. You can’t help but meet some great people and gain new friends once you become part of the Salsa community. There’s this amazing feeling when Salsa music comes on and you start dancing and you’re smiling and vibing beautifully. It’s hard to explain until you take your first class, so definitely sign up and experience the second reason for taking Salsa dance classes.
Spiritual Benefits of Salsa
I’ll be honest, this last reason for taking Salsa Dance classes is a little bit uncomfortable for me. I’ve never really considered myself a spiritual person. But If I define spirituality as a connection to something greater, then Salsa has opened my heart. I’ve travelled to so many parts of the world. Places where I don’t even speak the language. And yet, when I walk into a Salsa club, I already feel connected to the community.
I think we are always hungry for a sense of community and Salsa has provided that for me. Finding this community has also helped me discover my mission in life, which is that every human being feels like they #belong. This mission is such a part of me that #belong is tattooed on my wrist and printed on the back of my instructor shirts.
So whether you are searching for a physical, emotional or spiritual reset, you #belong on the dance floor.
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