You’re either reading this because you’re a man thinking about ballroom dancing or a woman trying to find out how to get your man to learn ballroom. Men, here are some reasons why, in the words of the Bee Gees, you should be dancing:
Style and Sophistication
Men who dance are stylish, sophisticated and still very much real men. If you don’t believe me, consider some of these movie dance scenes:
- Humphrey Bogart with Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca
- Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman
- John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever (and Pulp Fiction)
- Pierce Brosnan in The Thomas Crowne Affair
See what I mean?
Ballroom dancing offers the kind of challenge that really gives a man a chance to man up. You can’t just show up and expect to look good. In fact, when you first dance you’ll probably spend most of the time trying to work out why your feet won’t do what you want them to do. But, being a man, you won’t give up – you’ll embrace the challenge.
An Active Brain
As you learn to dance, you’ll find that there is always more to learn. You can choose whether you want to improve how you dance a specific dance, learn more moves in a dance or learn a new dance. Whether it is depth of learning or breadth of learning, ballroom dance will always have something to offer you.
While you’re dancing, you’re helping your brain keep active.
Not only do you need to pay attention to the woman that you’re dancing with so that you can lead her, but you also need to navigate the dance floor so as not to collide with others. You need to do this while staying in time with the music. You have to pay attention to what you see, hear and feel and, at the same time, work out what to do next.
It is this high cognitive workload that makes ballroom dancing the best way to prevent Alzheimer’s. Research has shown that social dance is better than reading (twice as good) and crosswords (about 1.5 times as good) when it came to preventing dementia. If you want to keep your brain in good shape (and you should), then dancing is for you.
Being More of a Man
You may think that partner dancing is a bit old-fashioned. In some ways it is. In ballroom dance a man is a leader. He will protect the woman he dances with as he leads her around the dance floor. He will confidently hold her close so that she feels safe and secure. He will be physically strong, but offer a gentle embrace so that she can happily lose herself in the dance.
By taking on ballroom dancing a man will get a chance to exercise more of his masculine side so that he can then be more comfortable using it in his everyday life.
How to Start
You don’t take on ballroom dancing because it is an easy option. You take it on because the benefits will be far and above the effort you put in. So now that you’ve caught your attention, why not try it for yourself – it’s what a real man would do.
Call the Studio at (856) 770-4294 or contact us online and ask to try a Free Introductory Lesson. And if you’d like to surprise the woman in your life, let us know – we’d be pleased to teach you a few dance steps so you can sweep her off her feet (in a stylish, well-timed move, of course).