1. Ask someone to dance...(someone new)!
Maybe you have a partner already, maybe you don't...asking people to dance is not the easiest thing to do. That being said, ballroom dancing is a great way to meet people and make new friends. If you are in a dance studio setting this will be easier because we are all here for the same thing...to learn how to dance. Asking different people to dance will give you the confidence to ask again in a real world setting like a wedding or a party. It also improves your dancing to lead and follow different partners so you can sharpen your saw.
2. Talk to your partner.
Ok...you asked someone to dance...know is the time to get to know them! (You have a captive audience until the song ends)! First off it is awkward to ask someone to dance and NOT talk. I know...you are probably counting and concentrating on your steps but it is rude to not talk to your partner socially while you are dancing. PLUS you will be a better leader or follower if you are able to speak to your partner while dancing. You should practice this by having a couple of questions lined up ahead of time..."How long have you been dancing?" or "What's your favorite foxtrot song?" is a good place to start.
3. Smile...Dancing is fun! (And smiling is healthy!)
If you dancing you should be having fun right? Well, sometimes while we are thinking about our steps we forget to look like we are having fun. Again...this is something you can practice. ALSO, I found out that smiling is linked to a few health benefits like improved mood, lower blood pressure and better relationships among others.
4. Stand up straight (Good posture is healthy too!)
Obviously, posture is important to dancing...it makes us look poised and confident but did you know that practicing good posture also has some health benefits too! Look what standing up straight can do:
Keeps bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly.
Helps decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces.
Decreases the stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together.
Prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions.
Prevents fatigue because muscles are being used more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy.
5. Have fun!
Remember while you are practicing your dancing, technique, footwork and phrasing that you should also just relax, enjoy the music, have an engaging conversation with your partner and just feel the joy of music and movement. Having fun increases serotonin levels. Serotonin is a chemical that regulates many of our most basic processes–including sleep patterns, memory, body temperature, and mood. Doing activities you enjoy that help you relax and connect with others naturally increases the body’s serotonin levels.
So there you have it! Get out on the dance floor and practice these awesome habits to become a better dancer, a better partner and a better person overall.