Learn to Dance at any age

“Dancing can be magical and transforming. It can breathe new life into a tired soul; make a spirit soar; unleash locked-away creativity; unite generations and cultures; inspire new romances or rekindle old ones; trigger long-forgotten memories; and turn sadness into joy” - Author unknown

The challenge of learning a dance form can start at any time during a person’s life. While dance moves and steps are often intricate and precise, they can be broken down into basic moves that can be adapted to accommodate the abilities of the dance student while at the same time be respectful of the tradition and essence of the dance. 

Indian classical dance is an ancient and celebrated cultural tradition in India. Indian dances are an expressive dance form using all parts of the body to relate stories and ideas. It includes yoga based stretching, aerobic and high-endurance movement levels. Learning the dance moves helps to focus on developing speed, strength and stamina. Indian classical dance requires intense body and mind coordination. The variations in footwork are based on rhythm/beat cycles which run into mathematical multiplication and combinations. This helps develop higher mental abilities and is a great mind-body workout.

During the aging process, regular physical activity can help keep the body and mind healthy and active. Exercise increases the level of brain chemicals that encourage nerve cells to grow. Dancing that requires remembering dance steps and sequences boosts brain power by helping to improve memory skills.

Some of the benefits of learning Indian classical dance are:

Increasing your body balance.
Like many other dance forms, Indian dancing has many poses and postures. The performer needs to maintain the body balance with elegance during the entire performance. 

Improvement your expression and flexibility
This dance form is associated with non- verbal communication and facial expressions. Facial expressions and hand gestures are the main ways to express and communicate feelings. Various moves including symbols and positions are a vital part of this dance form and these help to improve the flexibility of the body.

Enhancing your concentration
Indian classical dance moves helps to improve the overall response of both the body and the mind. The dancer needs to remember different steps, their names, the different moves, rhythm and beats of the song and maintain the synchrony. This sharpens the mental skills, improves concentration, and develops mental alertness.

Benefiting your heart function
Dance can help with cardiovascular efficiency. It improves blood circulation, pumps the blood at a faster pace and keeps the heart healthy.

Developing your endurance and staying power
The movements in dance support the development and strengthening of various muscles and body tissues. Dancing and dance practice is a good exercise and helps to improve stamina and endurance. The simultaneous movements of all limbs, the eyes following the actions performed by the hands help develop body stamina. 

Helping you control your body weight
Learning a dance requires regular times of practice. Dancing requires movement which promotes  the burning fat and help with the control of weight. The difficult body movements, jumps and hand gestures use a lot of energy and require the burning of calories. This helps to lose excessive body weight.

Developing your self confidence
Learning a new skill such as dancing helps to develop a person’s confidence in their own abilities and accomplishing something unique and not typical for their age group 

Reducing your stress and tension 
Learning to dance is a natural method to reduce and manage stress without leaving negative side effects. It can lead to a sense of renewal and having accomplished something unique and challenging.  

While learning a complete dance is a joyful and pleasurable accomplishment, being able to share the dance by performing it for others presents the ultimate and perhaps most satisfying aspect of dance.

For information about classes, contact Saveeta Sharma at 613-863-1604.