Updated: Apr 4
In the prospect of dancing at a party have you ever thought, “I don’t know how to dance. Why are they pushing me to go out there? I can’t possibly dance with all of those people. What would I do? I would look ridiculous.” If so, this blog post if definitely for you!
Social Dance at parties is different from Social Dances like Salsa, or the Tango because it doesn't have a set foot pattern or general way of moving. When you're at a party on a Friday night, it's up to you! You decide how you want to move and with whom. This makes dancing at parties much more fun yet potentially more nerve-racking. Often times, people settle and grab a drink and look cool nodding their heads next to the bar.
Well guess what friends, that's actually not as cool as it sounds. At parties people (men and women) want to meet the fun, uninhibited you (sans excessive alcohol). Not the I'm keeping it cool, so I'll creepily nod while staring at your across the room you. So put that drink down and get out there!
The fear of moving only exists in the mind but it can be overcome if one builds self-confidence, focus and intention, and a hefty movement toolkit that provides variety and clarity to your movement on the dance floor.
Here are the top 5 benefits of Social Dancing at Parties:
1. Creates and Strengthens Social Interactions-
Dancing is a great way to meet and get to know people! For a moment you are not stuck in your head , but instead relying on another form of communication to get to know someone. As a result, you create positive connections and memorable experiences with others that last beyond the dance floor.
2. Increases Confidence-
Overcoming the fear of getting out there and moving is an accomplishment awarded with high doses of confidence. On the dance floor you are authentically you, more expressive, and unapologetic. As you move you feel like you can be and doing anything!
3. Improves physical wellness-
It's recommended that we move our bodies at least 30 minutes to an hour everyday to keep our bodies in shape. Dancing is a great workout that improves your posture and coordination, and when we sweat, our bodies are cleansed of toxins.
4. Reduces Stress-
Dancing keeps you in the moment! You don't worry about what happened that day or what you plan to do later. You release all your troubles and focus on enjoying the present leading to a decrease in stress. Additionally, your body releases endorphins that sends positive messages to your brain that make you feel calmer and stress-free.
5. It's Fun!
Dancing makes you smile and laugh while grooving to your favorite music! It couldn't get any better than that!
So the next time you are invited to a party, don't be discouraged! Step outside of your comfort zone and get it a try. Take a HUGE deep breath and let go of all your inhibitions and start moving. Dive into the challenges and greatness that is social dancing. You just might discover something new about yourself and those around you!
Click here to learn more about the Social Dance at Parties classes STU Arts Dance offers!