The Rise in Popularity of Dance From Reality Television Shows and the Resulting Health Benefits

The current dance craze inspired by “Dancing with the Stars” actually can be traced back to the return of the 1980’s “Come Dancing” show in England, which was re-vamped and brought back to British television in the mid 2000’s. The re-vamped show, titled “Strictly Come Dancing” was modernized with the concept of celebrities dancing with professional dancers, to capitalize on the current trend of reality television. The inclusion of the world “Strictly” in the title, comes from the Australian movie, “Strictly Ballroom”, which sparked a similar rush in popularity of ballroom dancing in the early 1990’s.

Within a year of the comeback of “Come Dancing” on British television, the concept had been sold to numerous countries around the world by the BBC, including the United States. The show in America, and many other overseas countries was re-named, “Dancing with the Stars”.

Since the start of “Dancing with the Stars” in America, hundreds of thousands of people have taken up this exciting activity in the United States. They take it up for many different reasons, but in many cases, it’s the popularity of the television show that has inspired and encouraged people to start dancing around the nation, particularly in Southern California, where there is a high concentration of salsa clubs, dance studios and instructors.

Venues range from casual dancing in salsa and tango bars, to formal lessons in ballroom and Latin American studios. Whatever the setting, dancing offers the chance to build confidence and social skills, learn new skills, and get fit or lose weight. The appeal of the fitness element can be observed in the current fitness craze of “Zumba”.

“Zumba”, other dance fitness classes, social salsa and all types of Latin and ballroom, offer the opportunity for dancers to improve their fitness, while having fun and learning new skills. Many people prefer dancing than going to the gym because of the element of fun and social interaction. Other recognized benefits of dance include improving posture, grace and poise, meeting new friends and improving self-confidence and existing relationships.

Wedding dance preparation is one such example of dancing for relationship reasons. In fact, the “Wedding First Dance” has become a modern trend in itself. It is now extremely common for newly married couples to perform a choreographed first wedding dance at their wedding reception. Popular wedding dance genres most notably include waltz, foxtrot, swing, tango and salsa, among many others. Many couples are coming to studios now for a package of 10 – 20 wedding lessons to learn the basics and fundamentals, and have a routine choreographed to their special wedding song. It really is a positive bonding experience for the bridal couple, and is often entertaining for the reception guests, as well as enjoyable for the couple.

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