Why Square Dance?

There are three benefits to dancing – It’s Fun.  It’s Healthy.  It Creates a Great Social Life.

  FUN – Square and Round dancing are fun activities.  Dancing isn’t a competitive sport so there is no pressure to succeed, no eligibility rules.  Square dancers laugh a lot.  If you like to get out and meet people on a regular basis, square dancing provides the opportunity.  With a basic dance program you could spend many years dancing with the friends you make at a dance club.  If the fun is in the challenge, different Square & Round clubs have multiple levels of difficulty that will keep you learning for many years.   It can be just a night out, or the challenge of a lifetime – your choice.

HEALTH Studies by the American National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute found that dancing lowers coronary heart disease risk, decreases blood pressure and helps in managing weight. The weight bearing movements of your dance steps can strengthen the bones of your legs and hips to maintain bone health.  Dancing increases the blood flow to the brain which aids in boosting memory.   The degree of cardio conditioning depends on how vigorously you dance, how long you dance and how frequently you dance.

Dancing’s benefits extend to mental health.   Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers reported that people who devote their leisure time to brain enhancing activities reduce their risk of memory loss problems. Dancing was cited as one of the brain enhancing activities. Because of the complexity, speed and the listening skills required, Square and Round dancing are among the best activities to undertake.

SOCIAL – Square and Round dancers usually belong to a club in their area which have weekly dance nights where you can make friends and participate in a regular dance program.  Clubs also host special dances and other extra-social activities.  Clubs also visit other clubs to “steal” their banners which gives the “host” club a chance to visit the “banner napping” club and retrieve the banner to get interchange between clubs.

Your circle of friends in square dancing can be enormous - encompassing people from the home club, regional clubs, Northwestern American clubs, and even international visitors.  Square dancing is an international activity; as a dancer, you can find clubs in Japan, Sweden, Germany to name just a few countries.  Since all the calls and cues are in English, you can dance anywhere in the world, even if you don’t speak the local language!

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