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Dancing for Mental Health and Happiness

Dancing for Mental Health and Happiness

Dancing isn’t just good for the body. It’s good for the mind as well.

The most immediate mental benefit of participating in a dance class is the boost of endorphins and dopamine it provides the body. These neurotransmitters promote feelings of well-being and happiness. Try it out! Next time you’re feeling a little down, put on one of your favorite songs and dance like nobody’s watching. We bet you’re smiling already, just from thinking about it. But that’s not all!

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The long term mental benefits of dance are also great. It’s true that like any physical skill, dancing can be intimidating at first. But in the right class, with the right teacher – for example, Myriad’s Teen Beginner Classics – students quickly find themselves learning and progressing to be able to do things which they previously found impossible. That feeling of steady improvement and accomplishment helps one to realize how capable they truly are. As a dancer gains self-confidence in the studio, they increasingly carry that self-confidence with them wherever they go.

When the dopamine and endorphins combine with that newfound skill and confidence? A whole new level of creative freedom and expression opens up. Dance through your angst in a warehouse like Kevin Bacon in Footloose! (That one takes a lot of skill.) Dance silly on the sidewalk like Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 3! (That one takes a lot of confidence). You can even put on some Tom Jones and dance like Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. (This one takes a lot of both!)

Myriad’s Got You Covered

At Myriad, we truly believe that dancing is something that everyone should be able to enjoy. That’s why our classes aren’t about competition; for us it’s all about nurturing our students’ self esteem and creative expression. Whether your child’s been walking en pointe since before they could run, or they’re a teenager looking to take up a new fun activity, we’ve got the right style and level of dance class for them!