By now, the Sal­sa craze seems to have hit every city, with clubs and dance stu­dios pop­ping every­where. Pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Danc­ing With the Stars have sparked inter­est in an entire­ly new audi­ence that, oth­er­wise, would nev­er have tak­en any kind of part­ner dance class. It just proves that we all have a dancer with­in wait­ing to come out.

“What if I have absolute­ly zero dance expe­ri­ence?” you may be ask­ing. Then Sal­sa is per­fect for you. Peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds, male and female, are tak­ing class­es to learn to dance Sal­sa. And mas­ter­ing Sal­sa dance steps is not as dif­fi­cult as you may think. The impor­tant thing to remem­ber when danc­ing Sal­sa is that it’s not just steps, it is a feel­ing. The word “Sal­sa,” the Span­ish word for sauce, was orig­i­nal­ly used to con­vey the hot and spicy “feel­ings” behind the move­ments. Nowa­days, the word “Sal­sa” is rec­og­nized and wide­ly accept­ed as the actu­al form of dance.

Peo­ple learn to dance for many dif­fer­ent rea­sons. Some take dance class­es with seri­ous inten­tions of mas­ter­ing the art form. Oth­ers take dance class­es to stay in shape and main­tain a healthy lifestyle. Still oth­ers may join a class for fun or as a way to con­nect with oth­ers. What­ev­er your rea­son for learn­ing to dance, you will be glad you did.

Below are just a few of the ways Sal­sa danc­ing can improve your life:

Let’s be hon­est. Sal­sa danc­ing con­sid­er­ably opens up your pool of poten­tial dat­ing can­di­dates. And you get to be up close-and-per­son­al in the process of get­ting to know oth­ers.
Did some­one say gym? I didn’t think so. Because that is the last thing you will need if you get seri­ous about Sal­sa danc­ing. Your legs, arms, shoul­ders, hips, stom­ach and ankles are being exer­cised all at once for a com­plete body work.
For­get dat­ing. Sal­sa is sim­ply a great way to meet new friends, net­work and social­ize.
Feel­ing down? Attend­ing a Sal­sa class or going out danc­ing can pick you up and shake you out of a habit­u­al rou­tine. Get ready to feel alive!
Bored? Want to chal­lenge your­self? Sal­sa danc­ing is a great way to learn a new skill, either alone or with a loved one.The Mayo Clin­ic researchers report­ed that social danc­ing helps to:

Reduce stress
Increase ener­gy
Improve strength
Increase coor­di­na­tion­The Nation­al Heart, Lung and Blood Insti­tute says that danc­ing can:

Low­er your risk of coro­nary heart dis­ease
Decrease blood pres­sure
Strength­en the bones of your legs and hips
Helps you release tox­ins via sweat­ing.  A 21-year study pub­lished in the New Eng­land Jour­nal of Med­i­cine found danc­ing can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s dis­ease and oth­er forms of demen­tia in the elder­ly. The study showed that danc­ing may be a triple ben­e­fit for the brain. Not only does the phys­i­cal aspect of danc­ing increase blood flow to the brain, but also the social aspect of the activ­i­ty leads to less stress, depres­sion and lone­li­ness. Fur­ther, danc­ing requires mem­o­riz­ing steps and work­ing with a part­ner, both of which pro­vide men­tal chal­lenges that are cru­cial for brain health.

The ben­e­fits of learn­ing to dance Sal­sa are end­less. Isn’t it time you gave it a try??

Source by Sheena J Larsen