Believe it or not, a common quality shared by many of the world’s best athletes is the fact that they participate in dance. Though it is viewed as a “sissy sport” by many, dancing requires incredible balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination.

Many of these skills translate directly into other sports, which is why it is a good idea for any athlete to practice dancing during the offseason. No matter your sport, age, or skill level, here are five ways you can benefit from dance:

Increased Cardiovascular Endurance

Dancing is a workout – and a tough one at that. Regularly practicing in dance can greatly improve your cardiovascular endurance; a trait that can boost your performance in any sport.

Stronger Lower Body

Dancing builds strength in parts of your body that you may be neglecting in the gym, or that may just be impossible to hit with weight training. Depending on the type of dance you practice, you will strengthen hard-to-target muscles in your legs, feet, and ankles.

Enhanced Flexibility

Watch a dancer perform for just a few minutes and it is easy to tell that they are incredibly flexible. This improved range of motion in your joints can not only improve your athletic performance, it can also help you prevent injuries.

Improved Speed & Agility

Speed and agility are two areas that can give you a competitive advantage against your opponent, but are often difficult to train. A Swedish study performed on elite cross country skiers found that the group who received dance training improved their times on speed and agility tests more so than the group who did not dance.

Better Body Awareness

Dancing will teach you specific nuances that allow you to better control individual parts of your body. This often leads to better balance, coordination, footwork, and body control.

Once you’ve developed your skills, come show them off at Insports Centers. As Fairfield County’s premier indoor sports facility, we host a variety of leagues, tournaments, and clinics all year long. Visit our website to see a list of upcoming events, or join the thousands of others who have connected with us on Facebook!