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(Literally) Dancing Your Way to Success

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at SFU chapter.

I wouldn’t call myself a professional dancer. I have no idea what I look like while I’m jumping around, but I’m just going to assume that it’s a little messy (which is okay). See, I used to think that dancing was something that only certain people could do, and that it wasn’t meant for me.

When I was younger, I went to this amazing summer camp that was super open to dancing (and even encouraged it). It took me a couple songs to really get into it, but boy, did it feel good. Now, dancing is one of my favorite things to do. Whether it’s in the car, at a bar, or at the beach, I’ll take any opportunity that I can. There’s also a lot of amazing benefits to dancing that can make you feel better, and ultimately lead to a happier, more successful life.


1. Affordable Exercise

We all know that we should be working out. Sometimes, buying equipment, fancy gym clothes, or even memberships can be really expensive. Dancing is something that you can do whenever and wherever, making it an affordable alternative to traditional exercise.


2. Social Time or Solo Time

Dancing is great for both extroverts and introverts. If you feel like you want to hang out with people, dancing works. If you would rather stay in but still feel like moving around, dancing works. Having these moments with friends or reflective time with yourself through dancing can allow you to connect better with people or yourself!


3. Anyone Can Dance

One of the best things about dancing is that it’s really inclusive. Regardless of your body type or the restraints that you may have, there’s got to be at least one dance move you can do, and if not, you’re free to make one up! The accessibility of dancing can help create and maintain friendships and just make people a lot more inclusive and friendly.


4. It Sharpens Your Brain

We’ve all heard by now that lifestyle habits like aiming for better sleep can help to keep your brain sharp. But, according to one study, so can dancing. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest that getting footloose on a regular basis is linked with a 76 percent reduction in dementia risk — about as much as playing board games or a musical instrument. 


5. It Makes You Feel Better

Whenever I’m really stressed, I dance. It’s insane how much better I feel afterwards. For myself, knowing that I’m exercising, spending time with friends, and happy all feed together to create success for me.


Here’s to (literally) dancing your way to success!


Shania Chand is currently a student at Simon Fraser University, majoring in Communications, and minoring in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. She loves love. Shania is all about making sure that people feel included, accepted, and safe in whatever work that she is doing. When she isn't at school or writing, you'll find her dancing in tie dye, geeking out about space, and watching every horror movie ever made.
Terri is currently a fourth-year Communication major at Simon Fraser University and Campus Correspondent for Her Campus SFU. Hailing from Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, she has grown to love the outdoors and mountains of BC. Her favourite pastimes are reading historical fiction, hiking, lying on the beach drinking mojitos and attempting to snowboard. You can get to know her more on Instagram and Twitter at @terriling.