Dance is an enjoyable way to express your creative side and to have fun at the same time. There are a lot of different styles of dance available to try, and many dance schools will have teachers who can teach a variety of different styles. Styles can range from Ballet, to Latin styles such as Samba, to more traditional formal styles such as Ballroom Dancing. Hip-Hop and Street Dancing have also become increasingly popular in recent years, following the release of a large number of dance films. Many places will run beginner classes which usually last from a few months to a year, but other places can also offer one-on-one tutelage for those who are very serious about learning.
Dance is also a great way to keep fit. If you are looking for a more fun way to keep healthy and to meet lots of new like-minded people from your area, it may be worth joining a local dance school. The muscles which dance tones and the type of workout you will get can vary slightly depending on the style of dance which you choose to take part in, but most styles of dance will help to greatly strengthen your body’s core muscles and will provide you with a great cardiac workout, by sufficiently raising your heart rate! Dancing is not only for younger people, as it will also help to keep the body flexible and supple as it grows older. Some dance schools even run classes aimed specifically at pensioners which are designed to keep aging bodies healthy.
A good dance school will have a dance studio which has been specifically built or adapted to help you learn dance in the best possible environment. Most studios are fully soundproofed and designed to maximise acoustic sound quality, so you will not be disturbed by noises from the outside world, such as traffic or aeroplanes and the music that is played will be of the highest quality. Soundproofing also means that music can be played at a louder volume without creating unnecessary noise pollution for the surrounding neighbourhood. A good studio should have specially designed, sprung floor. These are better for the dancers’ joints and muscles as well as being an ideally suited surface to dance on. Many studios will have full length mirrors covering one or more walls, allowing dancers to view themselves as they perform. This can help groups of dancers to stay in time with one another, or can be used by single dancers to allow them to assess their form and the lines of their body movements as they dance. Dance studios may also have special equipment to allow dancers to practices moves or do warm-up stretches in a safe way. If you are very interested in learning to dance, it may be worth investing in membership of a professional dance school which has a studio with proper warm-up equipment, because if you do not warm up correctly before you beginning dancing, you are at risk of pulling a muscle or suffering a much worse injury.