Major Health Benefits Of Ballet

2018-07-23 12:27:16

Typically when we think of dancers (specifically ballet dancers) we picture either little girls in tutus or impossibly slender women with fairytale-like movements. We’ve all also heard of the famous Nutcracker Ballet, where the sugar plum fairy dances on her toes magically, while flowers waltz about the stage. It makes sense as to why most people believe ballet is to be set aside for certain types of people. Yet having done ballet since the tender age of four, I am perplexed with this stigma that is attached to such a beneficial, inspiring way of improving one’s health.

Ballet Is For Everyone


Ballet does not require a certain age, weight, or height in order to simply participate. While attempting a professional career in ballet would require years of skill, not everyone is obligated to follow this path. Essentially, it’s just like football, or any other sport. There is the option to attempt a professional career, but most people participate in it purely for the therapeutic joy of it.

Even though the delicate movements of ballet are correlated to feminity, ballet demands an abundance of strength from your body. Essentially, the point of ballet is not to look exactly like a delicate flower or some sort of mystical nymph. The technical aspect of ballet is all about having complete control over your body and its’ movements. In this way, ballet can be so wonderfully challenging because it cannot be perfected. Your leg could always be an inch higher, you could always strive to add another turn, and you could always balance on one leg a few seconds longer. This kind of control and concentration can be enjoyed by anyone and does not relate to solely feminity.

Even Football Players Do Ballet


Football is considered to be a masculine sport, yet serious football players are required to take ballet; the least masculine activity. The benefits of ballet are undeniable, especially for football players. Football players typically exert a large amount of energy in short bursts with short breaks in between but continue these short bursts over long periods of time.

The same cycle of exercise is used by dancers as well, so both forms of activity require movements that conserve energy as much as possible. Ballet has mastered this technique because it is a visual art form. Dancers cannot abrasively clench their fists while doing complicated footwork, because it would create more difficulty in executing the movements, not to mention it would destroy the aesthetic. Football also requires fast footwork, so taking ballet helps to create control of relaxing the areas of the body that aren’t in use, allowing for precision and ease.

It’s Fun And Demanding




 

As said above, ballet demands almost every main muscle in your body, while maintaining utter control throughout each movement. This, mixed with the cycle of short bursts of energy followed by short breaks allows for maximum health benefits. It’s no secret these days that this kind of anaerobic respiration sparks significant fat burning in one’s body.

Bringing out one’s unique sense of creativity is a major benefit when taking ballet classes. When the music comes on, it is up to the dancer to connect with the given music and translate it into movements that are an expression of their relation to the music. After all, people dance to music, it is a natural human response to music. Ballet is a form of dance that is typically done to beautifully, timeless music that captures the beauty of life. To be able to dance to such inspirational music is something that everyone should experience due to the euphoria that it gives off.

Lean And Toned Muscles


Due to the nature of ballet, when one practices it quite frequently, it promotes lean, toned muscles through his/her body. Obviously, dancing does not involve any lifting of gym weights or dumb-bells, so majorly “bulking up” is unlikely to occur. This activity is filled with constant exercises where the body defies gravity, as well as stretching those given muscles. Stretching the muscles being used is vital to excelling in ballet as well as achieving lean, toned muscles because it prevents the muscles from staying contracted. While gaining large muscles may be an ideal look for some, it does cause major cramping and limitations in movements.

Repetition is necessary when taking part in ballet, not only to achieve the correct form but to really define muscles throughout the body as well. Just like a child must practice reading every day to become a fluent reader, a dancer must dance frequently to become a fluid dancer. Along with this naturally comes the pleasing look of lean muscles. These are actually quite important for dancers because it adds to the aesthetic by making the lines that the body create appear longer. The more you practice and enjoy yourself, the more your body will thank you by giving you a healthy, toned body in return.

Your Body Is Your Instrument


In agreeing to take dance classes, you must agree with treating your body with the utmost respect, because your body is now your tool. Loving your body is a must because without doing so you cannot achieve all of the amazing things that you can do through dance. This entails fueling your body with nutritious foods, as well as listening to your body’s needs. If something hurts, relax and treat the injury. If you feel fatigued, either take a break or eat more food. Without taking care of your instrument, you cannot dance freely will passion and enjoyment.

This ideology that comes along with the practice of dance only increases your health and well-being. Not only are you building muscle, burning fat, increasing cardiovascular fitness, and exercising creativity, but you also are learning to greatly love and appreciate your body. In achieving various turns, leaps, and positions, you are showing yourself that your body is capable of doing so many great things. Dance truly has so many wonderful qualities to offer everyone, so please take advantage of this wonderful activity.

 

 

 

Shannon Kelsey McCon

Since the age of four I have had a passion for dancing (I am currently 22). As I’ve gotten older and increasingly serious with my dancing, I have realized the importance of physical (and mental) well-being. This has been key to how I choose to live my life.

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