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Here’s what DanceSport can do for you!

DanceSport used to be referred to as competitive ballroom dancing. However, this glamorous and exciting leisure activity has been renamed to suit its modern image as a demanding sport.

Its characteristics consist of physical strength, agility, co-ordination, stamina, a high level of fitness, discipline, teamwork, grace, style and musical interpretation. It was even featured in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. DanceSport provides an opportunity for developing the athletic discipline of body and mind coupled with artistic creativity through musical interpretation, costume design and choreographic programming.

Just by registering for Active April you have access to 5 free group dance lessons at a DanceSport Victoria centre. Also head over to Active April’s Facebook and Instagram for your chance to WIN other great prizes from DanceSport Victoria.

There are a few pathways in DanceSport. Most people begin at the social dancing level, which is great fun! Many then move into the Medallist stream, where they undertake training to achieve technical levels in a range of styles. It is then quite common for people to move on to competitive dancing – DanceSport. Many see dancing as being an artistic expression of oneself, not just a physical sport. However, whatever the case may be, whether you are interested in medals or want to be challenged to a higher level in the competitive field, you can rest assured that everyone should experience the joy of dancing at some point in their lives. Many find that once they do they wish they had started earlier.

Here’s what DanceSport can do for you.

DanceSport can be a wonderful way to participate in social dancing.  People as young as four years or as mature as 90 can enjoy this wonderful pastime. To dance is a natural human activity, and it also provides many benefits, including:

  • Thorough but gentle way to exercise your body without even realising it!
  • Developing co-ordination of mind and muscle.
  • Encourages good poise, irrespective of age.
  • Develops good muscle tone and gives a person that ‘wonderful feeling of being alive’.
  • Teaches participants the social graces.
  • Helps to keep you youthful with an up-to-date spontaneity.
  • Is one of the few hobbies that couples or friends can do together.
  • Is a great social asset in developing communication skills.
  • Promotes confidence, self-assurance and awareness of life.
  • Develops artistic creativity and musical interpretation.
  • The competitive dancer’s opportunity to dress up and feel elegant and glamorous.
  • Is the most rewarding way to spend your leisure time.
  • The best and easiest way to meet someone special.
  • And, best of all, instigates great friendships that can last a lifetime.

Social dancing is perfect for people of any age. Most dance studios offer group classes at a convenient time for an up-front nominated fee. Also, some studios have a pay as you go system. Work out which is best for you and choose the studio that suits your needs. Sometimes there is also a free lesson or a discount for the first night. Just by registering for Active April you have access to 5 free group dance lessons at a DanceSport Victoria centre. You can participate as an individual, a couple, or in a small group. Cost of tuition does vary from studio to studio, so ask before you decide to take lessons. Once you take dance lessons, try to participate in any social dances or cabarets that the studio may have, as these are beneficial for practicing what you have learnt in class.

Of the many people throughout the world who regularly participate in social dancing, there are some who are attracted to taking part in organised DanceSport competitions held locally in their area. Competition dancing is a form of DanceSport that has evolved from social dancing and medallist competition. It attracts people who love to dance and who have the urge to show their skill and talent in direct competition with other couples on the dance floor. If you are ready for something a little more glamorous and exciting then it’s time to get competitive.

Last updated: March 5, 2018 at: 10:33 am

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