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How taking Ballroom Dance Lessons can enhance your professional career

Ballroom Dancing is an investment in yourself that continues to give back over time. And while many see the immediate benefits of taking lessons, less may realize the long term benefits it can have for career growth.  

In this article, we’ll touch upon some of the ways in which Ballroom Dancing can help both your personal and professional development. 

  1. Communication: One thing you’ll notice very quickly is that Ballroom dancing requires effective verbal and nonverbal communication with your partner. It goes without saying that this is a valuable and transferable skill for the workplace. You’ll need to have effective communication for the learning process as well as during performances. You’ll learn to stay in tune with your partners' queues and get better at applying them quickly. You’ll be able to apply this during your day to day operations with your team, both to communicate your thoughts as well as better understand the thoughts and directions of your colleagues. 

  1. Networking: A large part of Ballroom Dancing includes social; opportunities. Through events like social parties, group classes, and showcases, you’ll be able to meet and connect with like-minded individuals who are dedicated to personal growth. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with people with a wide array of professional backgrounds in a fun, laidback environment. 

  1. Teamwork and Collaboration: Learning to dance with a partner forces you to work together towards a common goal. Along the way, there might be miscommunications or differences in ideas, but you will quickly learn how to work together to create a beautiful end result that you both can be proud of. Similar to teamwork at your workplace, you’ll gain the powerful ability to focus on the desired end result and understand where to place your focus to achieve that goal. 

  1. Adaptability: Dance, and Ballroom Dance in particular requires being comfortable with Adaptability and unexpected changes. For example, as a follower, the leader can change the timing or direction of the steps at any time. You’ll need to be both receptive to the changes and avoid being thrown off. Most great leaders and business professionals have above average adaptability and the ability to respond to change and detours swiftly.  

  1. Stress Relief: Dance can be a form of meditation and an outlet from stress for many. This will help you to take the time you need for yourself so that you can go back to work with a fresh perspective and a heightened ability to handle high-pressure or thought provoking situations. 

  1. Confidence: A moderate dancer with excellent confidence will typically outshine a good dancer without any confidence or expression. Yes of course, technique, choreography, and coordination all matter when dancing, but without the element of confidence, your dancing will be lacking. The interesting thing about dance is that all of these elements can always be improved upon, added to, and changed, which means that you will have to practice evoking confidence even in moments when you don’t feel 100% confident. I think you can already see how that might be a useful skill to have in business. Think about the amount of times you need to appear confident when maybe you don’t feel extremely confident; maybe it's asking for that promotion, introducing yourself to the new CEO, Presenting that deck you could have used an extra day to prepare for. Regardless of your profession, there will be moments where you have to execute despite feelings of uncertainty or timidness. Dance is the perfect practice ground for this, where mistakes are almost guaranteed, but you’ll develop the ability to keep going confidently despite them. 

Whether you plan to partake in a competition, perform, or just dance for enjoyment, you are sure to develop skills that will benefit you both in and out of the studio. And you’ll be able to do this in an environment that is fun and full of positivity!



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