How Dancing Benefits Society

Have you ever really thought about how dance can be beneficial to a whole community?    By now, we all know the personal benefits of dance, but it’s also good to consider how it helps the public, as well.  It is an amazing art form that promotes creativity, critical thinking, and healthy minds and bodies.  Dancing can help to develop these certain elements for individuals, but they can also spread to a community.  If dance has the potential to foster happy and healthy students, then it can definitely lead to a happy and healthy society.

It Can Be Inspiring

Dance is a form of art, and just like all forms of art, it can convey a message.  Many of the messages that are expressed can be inspiring.  Inspirational messages can uplift a community or society as a whole.  For example – a choreographer can create a dance about overcoming an illness which can resonate with and be encouraging for an observer who is going through similar troubles.

Dance can also be inspirational because it can showcase people of various abilities and circumstances.  In a previous blog, I highlighted some dancers who overcame physical disabilities.  Their stories are inspiring because they show how they became successful dancers without letting their situations hold them back.  These dancers can also motivate general audiences to overcome any obstacles they may have.  If they see dancers pushing through their own difficulties, they will get the sense that they can, too.  These types of positive messages can really help to uplift an entire community

Dance Studios Can Be a Safe Space

For a lot of us, the dance studio is a place where we can go to escape some of life’s everyday problems.  Things such as work, school, or family issues can really stress us out, so participating at a studio can take our minds off of those things for a couple of hours during the week.  Studios welcome all types people to come and dance because the main objective of that space is to have fun and enjoy dancing.  Most of life’s stressors are left at the door.  The positive impact can help to boost the overall emotional and mental health of those communities, as well. 

Dance is also a great way for children to use their time and develop skills when they are not in school.  It is one of the best after-school activities for children to get into and can keep them from destructive behaviors.  Not only will they be keeping active, but they will also be exploring their creative sides, too!

Dance Unites People

Forms of dance may vary across cultures, but dance as a whole is universal because most human movement is universal.  Even if two people don’t speak the same language, it is likely that they will be able to understand each other through non-verbal communication.  It can unite people who normally would not have the opportunity to verbally communicate. 

Another way that dance unites people is through the interactions that happen in partner dances.  In these types of dances, the dancers (usually the leads) have to use non-verbal signals in order to tell their partner what moves to do.  Getting people to move in unison without talking to each other can be difficult, but once they get the hang of it, it can be a wonderful way of communicating and working together without using words.  All in all, the process of dancing gives people the opportunity to move in unison and have shared moments which unite them.

Dance is Entertainment

Dance also benefits society because it is a form of entertainment.  Just as movies and television shows entertain audiences, dance can also serve the same purpose.  Certain choreographed pieces can have themes that are comical, dramatic, romantic, or even action-packed.  It gives us an alternate form of art to view that usually isn’t in front of a screen.  It can be a nice treat to have a night out and see a ballet or other type of dance show at a theater.  Some dance companies will even put on performances that are free or low-cost, providing entertainment for their local communities.  Television shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars have even helped to popularize certain dance styles across the world and have made dance accessible to viewers who normally would not make trips to competitions or theaters.

Dance is Educational

When you become a student of dance you may eventually learn various techniques, styles, and maybe even some dance history.  Aside from that, dance can also teach us about ourselves.  If a dance requires us to move our bodies in a way that we never have before, we could discover something new about how our bodies function.  By doing partner dances, people can also learn how well they work with others. 

Dance can also show us certain things about civilization.  Different cultures around the world have different styles of dance and each of those dances can tell us a little something about those cultures.  There are certain traditional dances that are used to tell stories or celebrate certain events.  For instance, The Paso Doble is a Spanish dance (although it originated in France) which represents bullfighting.  It was also used in the Spanish infantry to set the pace of marching.  Additionally, the Jarabe Tapatío (commonly known as the “Mexican Hat Dance”) is a Mexican dance which represents courtship, but since the dance was banned during Spain’s occupation of Mexico, it is often seen as a symbol of Mexican independence.  When you look into the history of certain dances, you can find interesting information about the values and traditions of some cultures.

Dance is Good for Everyone’s Health

There are obvious health benefits of dance that are widely known.  It can be a great form of exercise which gets your body moving a lot, but is also very fun.  There are even exercise programs or classes, such as Zumba, that incorporate dance movements.  In order to encourage more people to add dance into their lives and stay healthy, National Dance Day was created in the US.  The fairly new holiday (introduced in 2010 by Nigel Lythgoe) is celebrated on July 29th and its purpose is to inspire the community to use dance as a fun form of exercise. 

Not only is dance good for your body, but it’s also great for your mind.  There was a study done by neuroscientists that showed how dancing was the most effective exercise for slowing down the aging process.  You can read more about the study here: https://curiousmindmagazine.com/neuroscientists-finally-revealed-number-one-exercise-slowing-aging-process/
Other studies have also shown how dance can help support problem solving and curiosity. 

Even if you aren’t physically able to dance, watching other people dance can be a cathartic experience.  It can also help you to connect emotionally to the dancers who are performing, which is a process that helps to support empathy.  Overall, watching dancers can simply make you feel happier!  If the performers have a cheerful presence then their joy can be contagious to an audience.  Think about dancers at sporting events, ballerinas, or even the Radio City Rockettes.  The people who watch these dancers usually leave the performances in high spirits, and these positive attitudes are nothing but beneficial to the world.

Happy Dancing! ^_^