Why Should I Learn to Square Dance?

Reasons to Dance

1. Social Aspects – Square Dancing is a great way to meet people from all walks of life in a non-threatening, relaxed social atmosphere.

2. Healthy Environment – Square Dance Clubs are smoke and alcohol free.

3. Stress Relief – Since Square Dances are led by a caller, you become so focused on the “task at hand” that your worries are forgotten, at least for a couple of hours.

 4. Cardiovascular Fitness – Dancing is a safe way to exercise. The level of exertion is up to each participant. You can rev it up for a high intensity workout or take it easy for a relaxing, yet beneficial workout. Dancing regularly can lead to a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure, and an improved cholesterol profile.

5. Body and Brain Boost – Square dancers react to calls as they are given. This forces the body and brain to work together.

 6. Calorie Burn – Dancing burns between 200 and 400 calories for every 30 minutes of dancing. That’s equivalent to walking or riding a bike.

 7. Distance – The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports recommends 10,000 steps per day to maintain physical fitness. It is estimated that a typical square dancer can expect to clock as many as 10,000 steps per 2 hour dance.

 8. Sturdy Bones – The side-to-side movements of dancing strengthen weight-bearing bones and helps prevent the slow loss of bone mass.

9. Rehabilitation – Dancing is a good way to get back in the swing of things if you are recovering from an injury. Dancing keeps your joints moving, and is a nice alternative to jogging or other high-intensity activities.

10. Mental Well Being – Studies have shown that activities that involve both physical and mental activity helps to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

11. Balance – Studies have shown that adults who have a history of activities such as dance tend to have better balance.

12. Most of All - It's FUN