I recently saw a post over at the Adult Ballerina Project* listing some reasons why you should take ballet as an adult (see original post here). Reading through this got me thinking about my own reasons for dancing (I guess this kind of follows on from last week’s post. Anyway, without further ado, here are my reasons to dance as an adult:
- Dance is dynamic physical activity. It uses all of your body at once and asks you to move in dynamic and physically demanding ways.
- It’s very rarely static. It is unusual to hold positions for prolonged periods of time, so you are constantly moving, which I love. I struggle (but persevere) with yoga for this very reason.
- The rhythm of dance classes builds gradually through warm up to often quite intense cardio beginning at the barre and moving through adage to allegro.
- There is a universal language that dancers share, and (with a few dialect differences aside) it’s the same in any country.
- It challenges you to master technique, character, and creativity and blend them together to create something beautiful.
- It’s varied.
- You get to listen to awesome music. (Okay I realise you can do this in other forms of exercise too).
- Ballet has the best accessories. I’ll admit it, I love my dance clothing and my dance shoes – even my dance bag makes me happy!
What about you? If you dance why do you dance?
*The Adult Ballerina Project is a relatively new website/blog aimed at raising the profile of adults who choose to take ballet classes for personal enjoyment. It’s managed by the wonderful Kirsten Gillette (who writes Awkward at the barre – an entertaining adult ballet blog).