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7 Important Benefits of Dancing

Updated on September 9, 2016
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Dancing Captivates People Everywhere!

What are the benefits of dancing? Is it an act you participate in just to pass the time during the weekend or, possibly, a weeknight? Do you dance so you can feel beautiful and graceful for a change, or does it hold something of more value for you?

What is so important about the act of dancing? Of course, it's an entertaining exercise, but why is it so captivating? Why do you crave "the dance?"

Why do you dance when the music gets into your soul? Why does dancing sometimes make you laugh out loud or lean in close to your dance partner?

Furthermore, what is so special about dancing with someone you love, or even dancing with a stranger? Why does your baby experience much delight when you sway around the room to the music? Why do you get excited and dance for joy?

This article will explore some of the important benefits which abound for dancers, regardless of their age, country of origin, or whether they dance professionally or for fun.

Dancing: An energizing, captivating experience. We live it! We feel it! We breathe it! We love it! But why?

What Purpose Does Dancing Serve?

Dancing provides many great benefits and, while it's not possible to list them all, some of the greater benefits are listed below:

  1. Dancing allows one to express oneself.
  2. A sense of unity is found within the dance.
  3. Dancing provides physical/mental refreshment and relaxation.
  4. Laughter and fun — dancing can provide a lot of entertainment.
  5. Dancing is a form of exercise.
  6. Dancers find inspiration and motivation as they become lost in the dance.
  7. Dancing allows professional dancers to form affiliations.

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Of course, sometimes people just want to get the party started. They want to loosen up and go with the sound of the music. They could be clapping while dancing or snapping their fingers. It doesn't matter! Their only purpose is to be one with the music.

1. Dancing to Express Oneself

Conveying a Message

Dancing allows people to express how they feel at a given moment.

Anyone observing a mother swaying around her house with her baby tucked safely in her arms knows she is experiencing a moment of intense love for her baby while exercising a tender embrace while caught up in the dance.

When a couple is dancing to a slow song and they look into each others' eyes and smile, it's not difficult to realize they feel strong emotions for each other, regardless of whether it's love or lust.

On another note, dance is an expression of art, in that it appeals to the emotions. For example, a girl who pirouettes across a stage while performing ballet appears graceful and elegant to many people, thus emotionally appealing.

A woman who dances slowly in the arms of a man she loves seems enchanted, which brings happiness and, for some people, tears of joy.

Break-dancing involves fluidity of movement which cheers the crowd.

Synchronized background dancers performing the same moves at the same time create excitement and enthusiasm which liven up a crowd, especially if accompanied by upbeat music.

However, an important point to remember is that just because many people enjoy the dances they witness, that doesn't mean everyone is affected the same way. People interpret things differently and, as a result, their emotional responses will differ.

As an example, let's re-visit the little ballet dancer mentioned above. While most of the audience may be enthralled with her graceful performance, for a mother looking on who has lost her daughter, there may be a feeling of sorrow mingled with the joy and awe of the moment.

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People Can Dance Almost Anywhere, Anytime.

People dance in many places — at nightclubs and studios, at weddings and on the street. They dance at home and, sometimes, at the workplace. Some even try to dance in their vehicles, though it isn't something that would be recommended.

Of course, there are some types of dancing that children and teens (and adults like myself) should not be privy to but, for most types of dance, there are few restrictions imposed as to where a person can dance and the style of dance they choose.

2. Dancing to Find Unity

A Bond Created or Shared

People come together through dance. It provides entertainment for people of all ages, races, and backgrounds.

They enjoy time spent together in a positive, upbeat environment. They are energized and inspired by other dancers in their midst.

The more adventurous dancers may try to emulate the moves of others, which provides another sense of entertainment and draws people together.

Strangers have the potential to become friends, while families and friends bond more closely because of the positive experiences they've shared on the dancefloor.

3. Dancing for Relaxation

Dancing helps bodies and minds relax as the music and surroundings take people away from their anxiety and frustration for a while.

Mentally, they unwind and have fun, sharing a laugh or two. As their minds relax, their bodies follow. Their muscles loosen up and tension and stress melt away.

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4. Dancing for Entertainment

The Joys of Dancing

A baby who giggles as his parents take turns dancing him around the house provides a source of entertainment while bringing a sense of joy and peace to the home.

On another note, when people are laughing and trying to keep up with the moves involved in line-dancing, they are being entertained. If they are new at line-dancing, they may be providing entertainment for others. Their willingness to get on the floor and join in with the others, regardless of whether they embarrass themselves, says a lot. They have lots of energy, spunk, and determination, and they are willing to prove it on the dance floor.

5. Dancing for Exercise

Gain Strength and Endurance Through Dancing

Dancing is a great form of aerobic exercise since it works many muscles in the body. Muscles become stretched, conditioned, and toned while the heart rate increases, pumping blood at a faster rate.

As bodies feel the benefit of a workout during the cool-down period, it's a good practice to have a few moments to rest after dancing, especially if it was a fast dance.

Between dances, stretch out leg and arm muscles or, at the very least, sit in a chair and totally relax while rolling the neck slowly around, and then in a slow back and forth motion to release tension which may have built up in the back of the neck.

A great benefit of exercise is that afterward, there is often an improvement in a person's disposition, so it's a win-win situation all the way around.

How many times a week do you dance?

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6. Dancing for Inspiration

Dancing provides a great source of inspiration
Dancing provides a great source of inspiration

7. Dancing to Form Affiliations

Forming Affiliations

Professional dancers form affiliations. Some of these people will be seen on stage as background dancers while a singer or group is performing. Sometimes singers themselves dance as part of their performances.

Sometimes a dancer may only be known in a limited number of circles until someone in an audience pays close attention. Overnight, or so it seems sometimes, a dancer goes from an "unknown" to a "star."

Dancing can't help but enhance a performance, and the audience cannot help but pay attention.

Dance: The Universal Language

Dance compliments people with different tastes, emotions, needs, and backgrounds because there is so much variety. As a result, dancing has not only become a universal artform, but a universal language.

Do you agree that dancing is a form of expression which can be considered a universal language?

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      esther 5 weeks ago

      good

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      Priyanshi 2 years ago

      Hi I am impressed with it but instead of answers you have only posted questions? I did not like it much because......

      I gess you know. We'll stop questioning and start answering. Bye!!☺

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      jolly 2 years ago

      i do not know how to dance but i am convince with the importance of dance, and i will dance any how.

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      i love dance, so thanks for helping me learn more of what i love to do(dance).

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      happylssq 4 years ago

      Very nice! I love to dance. Thank you for reminding me I'm not alone!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      Love to dance!!!

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      Salsa Dancing 4 years ago

      So many benefits to dancing, I can't imagine not doing it!

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      holtight 4 years ago

      Enjoyed this lens. Indeed, dance has both physical and mental health benefits. Keep on dancing and loving life.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Hi Norma,

      I enjoyed your lens about dancing. I do not dance. I've tried, but it is so very hard when you don't have a sense of rhythm. That's me.

      TonyB

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      it was Awesome! that is excactly Dancing!!

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      maryLuu 4 years ago

      I liked it a lot! It was very fine!

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      bunitasmith 4 years ago

      Great Lens.Thank You

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      bunitasmith 4 years ago

      Great Lens.Thank You

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      kmfowler1 4 years ago

      I agree with you! Dancing has so many benefits, and with so many reasons to dance why wouldn't you?

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      ilike2create 5 years ago

      Wow, this lens motivated me! Tonight I go to a place where I will start to learn competition-oriented dancing but I feel tired and have a headache. Tis lens inspired me to go anyway... Can't wait now!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed it. Thank you.

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks. I think dancing is an important part of life and I wish I could do more of it. It is a great form of expression, exercise, and relieving stress.

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I love dancing, it's a great stress reliever for me. Angel Blessings**

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I love dancing, it's a great stress reliever for me. Angel Blessings**

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      hexadtraining 5 years ago

      This is a GREAT lens. The squidancer is funny. I love dancing!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Kathleen Hiler: me too dont you think it is awsome

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Very well written. I dance with preschool children and feel like I get some good exercise while having fun!

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      Kathleen Hiler 5 years ago from Mountain Home

      I love to dance at home for exercise and celebration..

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Dancing is one of my favorite things to do... :)

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      SoundsOfBliss 5 years ago

      Some of your photos bring back memories! I spent 5 weeks in Buenos Aires dancing Tango. It's hard to do it the way the Milongueros do but it was a fantastic experience. I also dance swing and salsa but dancing is just a great thing to do.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 5 years ago

      @megabu717: Wow! :)

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      InSearchOf LM 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens and was surprised at the poll result of how often people dance. I thought my 1-2/week was often, but daily - Wow!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens,thanks for the idea!

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      jballs6 5 years ago

      Nice lens, I have been trying to persuade my hubby to take up dancing as a couple but we both have no sense of direction

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      pierre-rambear 5 years ago

      Norma ! Great lens ... I have been ballroom dancing for 3 years and my wife and I love it. My two young girls tap dance and both my wife and I enjoy watching them dance so much !

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      megabu717 5 years ago

      It's in the middle of a night. I'm already in bed with laptop. It's cold like anything. But Yet You are making me get up to dance, dance, dance. Great job.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I love to both sing and dance and have been in a group of dancers since 1991 who dance and sing weekly. It definitely nourishes my soul!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: FYI, Im a GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!! but thanks again!!!!!!! =)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for the idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Love dancing. Thumbs up!

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      Great article on dancing. I agree with all the points you've made.

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      xposedbydesign 5 years ago

      good job on building this lens.

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      FUN Lens!

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      PTurner56 5 years ago

      I think this lens is perfect! Great pics, good polls, lots of info! Great job!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      To be alive is to dance!

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      ViJuvenate 5 years ago

      I like your lens. I never had the chance to go to dances as a child, but recently, as an adult, I've been able to begin to dance for fun, doing mostly historical dancing with vintage and civil war balls, as well as barn dances and such. Great social activities, especially when the young people learn proper and polite interaction. It's a great teacher for social kindness.

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      crstnblue 5 years ago

      Great "dancing" lens.

      Thanks for sharing - glad that I found it here! :)

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      Amoonlighter2011 5 years ago

      I feel the same way dancing is fun and easy hard and a great workout all at the same time!

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      ananimoss2 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens very much. It was a lot of fun...I love to dance!

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      Jenny18 5 years ago

      I love dance, and it is a great exercise too, Superb lens.......:)

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      I've always felt that I've got two left feet, so apart from smoochy shuffles round the floor at school discos, I tended to avoid dancing where anyone might see me! I do however, love to boogie on down to the radio when I'm alone!! Great lens - blessed by this Squid Angel as part of the "Back To School Bus Trip"!

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      unqedomain 5 years ago

      I love dancing, it stared when I was 5 it was really good specially with a good beat. It's awesome.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Dancing is one exercise that doesn't feel like exercise. Fun and good for us---a great combination.

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      Great lens, I really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

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      Have2Cruise LM 5 years ago

      I love this lens! I love to dance and found it to a great form of exercise. You can do it anywhere, anytime that the beat gets to you. I have even been known to car dance when sitting at stop lights!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love to dance it is the most fun to do. It really helps our body to be more alive. It is like we exercise our body when we dance. Right?

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      Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

      I am a true believer. Dance on. Lens love to you.

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      kguru1979 lm 6 years ago

      I really enjoy dancing but frankly saying it is difficult for me to dance...!

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      i love to dance! it allows me to express what i am unable to in words! cheers

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      Krafick 6 years ago

      Nice lens. Dance is indeed a universal language just like music. I just read a story about a Jewish woman and a Muslim man dancing a tango on Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and imams and policemen embracing each other. For a moment I believed it then realized it was a hoax (with good intentions).

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      Glenn619 6 years ago

      Whenever i listen to any beat which is nice i start dancing lol, but sadly my girl does not like dancing :( Nice lens

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      Forgot to mention **Blessed** and featured on My Time as a Squid Angel :)

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      I love dancing about and often have a jig about with the kids even to the Wiggles ! But my kids favourite is now California Girls which is much better dance music.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      To me dancing is the most fun way of exercising but also the way of expressing myself and pure fun. I much prefer couple (ballroom) dancing to line dancing but do both as often as possible - and more and more recently. Great lens, thank you!! :)

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      It's been so long since I have danced. I really enjoy line dancing and even like to square dance from time to time.

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Nice lens - I've had "dance lessons" on my to-do life list for years now. Maybe someday soon I'll actually do something about it! :)

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      Have you seen that YouTube series of videos where the boy dances at locations all over the world? I forget his name, but the videos are a lot of fun, just like this lens.

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      Rose4u 6 years ago

      I truly believe that dancing is life! Thank you for this wonderful lens :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for this great site. From Denmark dans http://www.tc-dancestudio.dk

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @Winter52 LM: I'm going to be using the Wii as a form of physiotherapy to strengthen my core muscles. I bought the program for myself but, thus far, my girls are using it and trying to stay fit. It's great that such a great program can come in such small packages. One could have a home gym which can be packed inside of a suitcase. Isn't that just cool?

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I understand the time Squidoo can take up; I've set a schedule for myself so that I will also work on other things. Life is too short to spend all of my spare time in front of a computer screen, no matter how much I enjoy interaction and creating web pages/lenses.

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      Winter52 LM 7 years ago

      I'm using dance exercise with the Wii of all things to make exercise more fun. Can't believe it, but it's working. :) There's just something addictive about dancing. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love to dance, but this Squidoo thing keeps me too busy. When I baby sat my granddaughter 5 days a week and danced almost everyday. ~ Dancing is a great way to exercise, so I really should get back into it. You may have inspired me!

      Susie x

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @Joan4: Life certainly is about making wonderful memories together. :)

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Dancing has been so important to us, especially in our senior years! It's a wonderful activity for couples of any age, I think. We have had fun, enjoyed each other, learned new dances together, and met some really super new friends.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @Heather426: Thanks, Heather.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      beautiful lens!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @JoyfulPamela2: I write my own songs, too, but never considered dancing to see whether it "feels" right or not. That's interesting and I may try it sometime - when I sit in front of my keyboard again.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I love dancing, too, although I'd rather only do it in front of my family. Dancing is an inspiration to me as I play and compose music. Many times as I am making a musical interpretation of a piece, I consider how people might move to the piece to make it sound better.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @JuneMary LM: I can imagine you would enjoy participating in these activities. I'd be especially intrigued with the class where the type of dance changes every month. You've named some dances that I've never heard of; I presume some of them may be local to your area.

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      JuneMary LM 7 years ago

      Hi Norma,

      I do 2 classes at my local Health Club - Bodyjam which is aerobic exercise dancing to modern music from Shirley Bassey, through Hip Hop, Michael jackson, Shakira etc - and a Dance class where the type changes each month, includes Belly Dancing, Irish, Bhangra, Bollywood, Jive, Latin, etc. Great fun, sociable, gets the blood and the lymph moving and lifts your mood.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @verymary: Thanks for your rating and I hope you take advantage of the opportunities when your children are in the mood to dance. :)

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      I can't get my husband to dance, but my kids are sometimes game! 5* and rolling this to squidoo.com/familydance

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      @indigoj: I'm quite interested in learning how you even discovered I had featured your lens...please enlighten me. Is there a way we can learn such information...or was it a complete surprise that you stumbled upon my lens, featuring yours?

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Thanks so much for featuring my Tango lens! Dance is wonderful because it's so much fun as well as being good exercise.

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      I am not a natural dancer, but a few times say late at night in a club I have been able to "lose my myself in the music" it's a sublime pleasure

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love dancing, not only is it fun but it glorifies God. I use my gift of dance as worship to God, and not only is it worship to Him, but it bring me happiness and joy. Dance is more than just movements, its emotions and feelings.

      Cool website!

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      Kelsey-Budden-16 8 years ago

      Dancing can be fun. :) You feel like your loose and you can relax. Some dances maybe hard at first, but you can always learn them! Like I do when I go out. It's a lot of fun if you give it time! :D

      There are different dances, Cha-cha, Waltz, Slow, Fast, and more. I can't really name all of them. I don't think anybody can. LOL!

      You know those dances you see on movies? When teens are in a dance competition or just having fun at a club or something. When the girl shakes her thang and the guy is right behind her. That can be fun. :P

      Hehe, there is also the slow dance where couples enjoy a nice relaxing dance. Friends could do it too, but they might find it awkward. So, it's usually couples that slow dance. It's like your hugging each other and just spinning around and around. I don't know how they do it. Seriously! It looks romantic but I don't know. It also looks difficult. Haha!

      I don't know how to describe other dances, but I'm pretty sure they are fun to learn.

      Toodles!!

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      The dancers of my Riverdance came over to dance and leave you 5 stars.

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