Salsa dancing – Benefits beyond the exercise and learning the Latin rhythm

Sure, many people who think of Salsa dancing associate the dance style with Latin, a “language of love,” and as a great way to incorporate some exercise into your daily life, if you otherwise don’t do so on a regular basis. But learning how to dance Salsa can benefit you in other ways as well. From helping you improve your rhythm to improving levels of courage and self-confidence, there are a number of ways in which Salsa dancing can improve your life. These are just a few of those ways. 

1. Exercise

It is a great way to get some exercise in each day. Simply moving your body, dancing, and letting go of your stress and worries, is in and of itself beneficial for individuals of any age and fitness level. You’ll see how quickly you start sweating in an intense Salsa dance class; and, even in a relaxed atmosphere, at a beginner’s level, you are going to start sweating, and will notice your waistline shrinking after only a few classes. 

2. Develop self-confidence & courage

For those who are extremely shy, learning how to dance Salsa is a great way to improve self-confidence. Learning how to take the lead, show direction, and work with others, are all great confidence builders, and will help you develop courage over time. For those who are timid, a Salsa dancing class will help you step out of your shell a little as well. You’ll meet new people, make new friends, and learning new dance moves and routines, are all ways in which you will develop higher levels of confidence and self-esteem. 

Not only will you become more courageous in learning how to lead, but also in carrying yourself around others. You will develop leadership skills, learn new leadership roles, and over time are going to feel more and more confident in your abilities to dance, as well as other aspects of your life. 

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3. Have some fun

We all known how monotonous the gym gets; running on the treadmill or sitting on the elliptical trainer for 45 minutes to an hour isn’t fun for everyone. So over time, you lose motivation to go to the gym and keep active. And, even if you are not learning how to dance Salsa for sport/exercise, you want to engage in something you enjoy, and will continually learn new things doing. Every Salsa class is going to introduce something new, fun, and unique. In this way, you are going to continue learning, continue moving, and are always going to look forward to your next dance sessions or class. 

4. Develop memory & coordination

If you are the person who has “two left feet,” are always stepping out of place or direction, or simply have no coordination, Salsa dancing will help. Teaching you to follow steps, a routine, and specific dance moves, will all improve your levels of coordination. Additionally, for those who have poor memory and forget things easily, you can easily improve that issue with Salsa classes as well. Since you are continually learning new steps, dances, routines, and songs which go with those routines, you are continually forcing your mind and memory, over time you are going to improve in other aspects of your life as well. 

5. Meet others

For those who are shy and timid (as mentioned earlier) you might have a hard time making friends or meeting new people. The Latin community, in general, is very friendly; and, learning at a dance studio, is going to make it even easier for you to meet new people. You’ll make new friends, learn a few dance moves, and it is a very inexpensive hobby you are going to learn to love in no time at all. 


Learning how to dance Salsa is not only going to benefit you from a physical/exercise standpoint, it is going to benefit you in other aspects of your life as well. From developing courage and learning something new to meeting people with similar interests, there are a number of benefits one will notice as time progresses. And, if nothing else, you can learn a new dance style, learn a few words in Spanish, and you are going to listen to some great music you might otherwise have never landed upon, without enrolling in Salsa dance lessons.

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