Updated: Jun 5
Finding it hard to make those personal connections in a digital age of ever increasing virtual worlds and social media?
Ironically, while the digital world that has opened up so much for us in terms of communication, entertainment, productivity and connections, we find ourselves all the more lacking for physical touch, social interaction and human connection. With the rise of social media and online communication, many of us have become accustomed to interacting with others from behind a screen. While these forms of communication have undoubtedly made it easier for us to connect with others, they have also made it more difficult to form deep, meaningful relationships.
In this blog, we will explore the benefits of building personal relationships in a digital world, and how dancing can give you the opportunity to connect with others in a meaningful way, both physically and emotionally. Emma Warren, a culture writer, acknowledges this scene in her new book "Dance Your Way Home", a history of dancing. In the book Ms. Warren explains why she believes dancing is so important to life: it builds communities, enhances social cohesion, cultivates relationships that are so essential for us to thrive as social beings.
Dancing is not just about learning a new skill. The benefits of dancing go far beyond just physical exercise and social enjoyment. It has been scientifically proven that dancing can enhance your emotional and mental well-being as well. Studies have shown that dancing can reduce stress and anxiety, improve self-esteem, and even alleviate symptoms of depression. Dancing also releases endorphins, which are the body's natural feel-good chemicals, leading to an increased sense of happiness and well-being.
In addition to the physical and emotional benefits, dancing provides an opportunity to build strong social connections. When you dance with others, you become part of a community that shares a common interest, helping you to feel more connected and engaged in your life. Dancing also offers the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends These connections often develop into deeper friendships and support circles.
Partner dancing can be a physically and emotionally rewarding experience, and it can trigger the release of several chemicals in the brain that contribute to this sense of pleasure and connection. One of the primary chemicals released during partner dancing is endorphins. Endorphins are natural painkillers that the brain produces in response to physical activity, including dancing. They can create a sense of euphoria, reduce anxiety, and increase feelings of pleasure and well-being.
Dancing can also trigger the release of oxytocin, often called the "love hormone." Oxytocin is associated with bonding and social connection, and it can increase feelings of trust, empathy, and intimacy. This chemical is often released during physical contact, such as holding hands or embracing, which is common during partner dancing.
Finally, partner dancing can also increase dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with motivation, reward, and pleasure. When we engage in activities that we enjoy, such as dancing, dopamine is released, which can reinforce the behavior and create a sense of pleasure and satisfaction.
Overall, partner dancing can trigger the release of endorphins, oxytocin, and dopamine, all of which can contribute to a sense of pleasure, connection, and well-being.
So, if you're feeling disconnected from the world around you, consider taking up dancing. Not only will it improve your physical health, but it will also enhance your emotional and mental well-being, and provide the opportunity to build strong social connections with like-minded people. At Blueheel, we live for the love of dance, the music, the people, the connection - it's a way of life. So come join us and experience the joy of dancing and the power of human connection.