I’ve always wanted my daughter to learn dancing, particularly tap dancing. I find it rather complicatedly creative, dynamic, and very amusing. My friends who have been training as tap dancers find the practice as a form of therapy – a hobby that heals and helps them forget their worries and their anxieties. The way they release their energy through tap dancing is just awesome.
Before I convinced my daughter to join the class, she asked me if there were other things she could get from tap dancing other than learning the quite intricate technique. So I found some interesting benefits that would encourage her to finally decide to be a tap dancer. I discovered that there are indeed several advantages that a person reaps more importantly for his health.
Benefits Of Tap Dancing
- It improves the cardiovascular system. Tap dancing is not only an enjoyable style of dance that takes someone with the skill to master it. It is also beneficial to a person’s heart. It has been found to increase cardiovascular conditioning. Blood circulation is improved with regular dancing, which leads to a more effective heart pumping system. The valves function better as the pressure is reduced due to the normal flow of blood to the heart and the rest of the body organs.
Robin D. Stone, LMHC, says, “Dancing around the kitchen to your favorite Beyoncé song can certainly be fun (been there, done that!), but there are many more benefits to moving than exercise and a good time. Dance and movement help you connect with your body and contribute to your brain’s health.”
- It promotes strength, coordination, and flexibility. Tap dancing requires a smooth and synchronized movement of the feet and legs, and constant practice would increase muscle strength in these particular parts of the body, including the hip, knee, and ankle muscles. Strength is an initial manifestation, judging from the increased muscle bulk. Eventually, there is a generalized body tone owing to the regular use of the large muscles.
- It boosts one’s cognitive function. People who do creative hobbies regularly have a greater likelihood of enhancing his cognitive abilities, as it pushes the person to utilize his brain and stimulate his mental function, making it more proficient at the techniques of tap dancing. He is encouraged to think about the next move and how he would be able to pull it through creatively and gracefully.
- It improves rhythm, timing, and a sense of focus on music awareness. The tapping rhythm is quick and lively, and the dancer must be able to catch up with his feet and legs. If he can’t, then it’s either he has to practice a lot more, or he might consider switching to tango! Tap dancing is a one-man show, and it requires much concentration and a great deal of timing to incorporate the beautiful steps into the equally fantastic music and the tapping of the shoes.
According to Erica Hornthal, LCPC, “Dance/movement therapy has a broad range of health benefits clinically effective at improving body image, self-esteem, focus, attention, communication skills and self-awareness. It has been shown to reduce stress, fears and anxieties, as well as lessen feelings of isolation, body tension, chronic pain and depression.”
Tap Dance Is For All Ages
This lively dance is generally quick. However, there is a ‘slower quick’ that can be managed by seniors who love to show their talent and love for dancing. So even if it is indeed quick, it is a hobby that can be done by practically anyone and at all fitness levels. There are a lot of tap dancing combinations that can be customized to meet every individual dancer’s needs. For instance, there are steps that are easy on the knees. These are suitable for the aging parents and grandparents who still have the kicks for living their lives to the fullest.
Dancing per se is a great form of exercise, but compared to tap dancing, rumba, tango, and the conventional aerobics, tap dance is the mother of all workouts. It is the ultimate whole body exercise regimen that effectively improves a person’s mental, physical, and emotional health. Tapping those feet three times a week is the general recommendation of fitness experts.
Need To Know Facts About Tap Dancing
Tap dance is a handy and convenient hobby that requires only some tap shoes and a hard floor, although initially, you can do without them. You can tap dance all you want in our own home or when you want to travel and have some fun with friends.
Also, aside from being an energetic and positively pulsating activity, this style of dancing provides great social experiences for the dancer, as most people are in awe of those who can move with the tap shoes. It is a great way of connecting with other dancers from across the state and the world as well.
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls this state of consciousness ‘flow’ and it’s sometimes called being “in the zone.” “It’s also characterized by a feeling that you have the potential to succeed, which will help you feel better about yourself,” he says.
Ultimately, tap dancing is one of the dance styles that efficiently increase a person’s ability to focus, balance, coordinate, and stay consciously healthy.
A simple combination of a hop, a few jumps, and some back and forth shuffles for a total of one hour burns you 250 calories! Not bad, right? So get your groove and think about learning the taps!