We love shaking a leg! Not only is it a great form of exercise, dancing is proven to release endorphins in the brain that make us feel happy. What’s more, dancing is a hobby that can be picked up by anyone at any age. With a little bit of practice and a lot of enthusiasm, you are sure to excel in it. Here are a few dance forms for you to get started with.
- Contemporary dance: This dance form is all about strength and balance, and the movements can be slower or faster depending on your capacity. You can start with slow movements that build core strength and then speed up and try more manoeuvres as you get stronger. If possible, look for classes that take only people above a certain age, so you have more peers to learn from.
- Low-impact aerobics: The thing about aerobics is that it can be customised to any fitness level, and is a great cardio exercise. Low impact aerobics is meant not to tire you out but to help you build strength and stamina over time.
- Jazz: Unlike what is projected on dance programs, jazz doesn’t always have to be about flashy costumes and even flashier moves. In fact, jazz music was born as a way of self-expression, and the dance style is an extension of the same philosophy. Any dance form that allows you to express yourself is always good!
- Ballroom: Ballroom dancing is immensely popular as it is relatively easy, follows a set rhythm and is also very rewarding to learn. With ballroom dancing, you can serenade the love of your life wherever you are! Consider joining this style with your partner so both of you can grow together.
- Salsa: Surprised to see salsa on the list? After all, it has so many twists, turns and pirouettes! However, if you have a flexible body and want to try a dance form that challenges your mind, there is no better option than salsa. Often done with a partner, it is a fast form and the accompanying music too is often peppy.
The best way to decide on a dance form is to shortlist a few and then attend trial classes for each. If possible, ask for a one-on-one trial class so you and your teacher both know what to expect from each other.