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Benefits of Dancing for Mental Health

Oct 18, 2021 | Ballet

Dance has always been a part of every culture in the world. It is also recognized as one of the most popular ways to exercise and creatively express oneself. Millions of Americans go to studios to dance or take classes, while some simply enjoy dancing at home with their loved ones.

But did you know that beyond its benefits to your physical health, dance can also help improve your brain function and even benefit your mental health? But how?

4 Benefits of Dancing for Mental Health

1.   It Can Improve Your Self Esteem

Your self-esteem is the way you see, respect, and value yourself. When you can show yourself that you can learn new choreography, new steps, and in general develop a new skill through dance classes, you’ll find that your confidence and your self-esteem grow.

2.   It Can Help You Meet New People

Socialization is essential for one’s mental health. Because dance classes are typically conducted in groups, you get to interact with people who share the same love for dance. Many of these people can become your friends, too.

3.   It Improves Both Your Mood and Your Attitude

Music and movement, which are elements of dance, are known to help improve a person’s mood. It is why when you’re stressed or feeling down, you just want to blast some music and break into a dance. Dancing instantly uplifts your mood and can improve your attitude toward life.

4.   It May Help Prevent Dementia

It gets more difficult to remember facts and information like names, places, dates, and more as people get older. Learning new things can also be more challenging. Dancing helps you keep your brain sharp because when you try to remember different styles of dance or new moves, you are exercising your brain too. This type of mental exercise can help you prevent dementia.

How You Can Use Dance to Boost Your Mental Well-Being

While there are no rules when it comes to using dance for your mental health, here are some tips that you might want to try:

  • Take dance classes. If you want to meet other people, you can enroll in dance classes or look for a summer ballet intensive. In fact, you can find courses for every single member of your family.
  • Stop overthinking and just enjoy! Unless you are competing, you should not be too hard on yourself when you find some moves difficult. Remember, the reason you’re dancing is to have fun and ease your mental and emotional burdens.


As you can see, there are many benefits to dancing that go beyond the physical. Even taking beginner ballet classes can help relieve stress and anxiety, introduce you to people who could later become friends. All these are reasons enough to give dancing a try.

If you or any of your loved ones are interested in taking advanced or beginner ballet classes to enjoy both its physical and mental health benefits, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet offers several programs for you. We also have pre-professional ballet programs and some scholarships you might want to look into.

Contact us today to know more about our ballet classes.

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