What is Square Dancing All About
Square dancing is party time every time you do it. Square dancing brings people together for fun and fellowship-even when learning how. The fun starts right on the very first night. You meet new people and make new friends. And the fun keeps right on going as long as you do--most square dance groups meet once a week. It's a wonderful way to share common interests with other people, and to escape the worry and pressures of today's busy world.
10 Reasons to Dance
- 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.
- Healthy Environment – Square Dances are smoke and alcohol free.
- Body & Brain Boost – Square dancers react to calls as they are given. This forces the body and brain to be tightly coordinated. A number of the calls are memorized which keeps the brain sharp.
- Calorie Burn – Dancing burns between 200 and 400 calories every 30 minutes of dancing. That's equivalent to walking or riding a bike.
- 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 9,000 to 10,000 steps per dance.
- Sturdy Bones – The side to side movements of dancing strengthen weight-bearing bones, tibia, fibula, and femur, and help prevent the slow loss of bone mass.
- Rehabilitation – Dancing is a way to get back in the swing of things if you are recovering from an injury. Dancing keeps your joints moving, and is nice alternative to jogging or other high-intensity activities.
- Social Aspects – Square Dancing is a great way to meet people in a non-threatening, relaxed social atmosphere. You never know who you are going to meet. Lifelong friendships are formed, and many have met the love of their life.
- Stress Relief – Since Square Dancing is led by a leader giving commands, you become so focused on the "task at hand" that your other mental worries are forgotten, at least for a couple of hours.
- Metal Health – Studies have shown that activities that involve both physical mental activity at the same time help to slow the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
- (Bonus Reason): Balance – Studies have shown that adults who have a history of activities such as dance, tend to have less incidents of falling as they get older.