• Nikki Jones

Dancing and Feel Good Chemistry

THIS ONE IS FOR YOU, FRIENDS WHO HATE THE TREADMILL!


Ever turn on your favourite tune, and dance around the house in your underwear? Smiling from ear to ear, throwing your hands in the air and jumping around like a lunatic?


If you've never done this, strip those jeans off right now, put on "Call Me Maybe", and come back in 3.19 minutes.

Actually let's all just do that anyways. Ready, go!


...


Did you notice a shift in your entire mood?! That's dance science, baby.


According to a Livestrong statistic, aerobic dancing (getting your heart-rate up) burns upwards of 443 calories per hour.

It's a fun form of movement that has not only wonderful physical benefits (improved strength, flexibility, cardiovascular health... the list goes on), but also has a deep emotional impact as well. Win-win!


In an article found HERE dance psychologist Dr. Peter Lovatt explains:

"You appear to get a much bigger release of endorphins when you dance than during other forms of exercise; it also connects with the emotional centres in the brain. For many people, dancing prompts an emotional release – often that’s uncomplicated happiness, while for some it can make them cry. It’s cathartic – a letting go of pent-up emotions".


Sounds pretty good to me!


I personally have no rhythm, so instead of talking about this subject solo, I enlisted the advice of a good friend, dance instructor, and owner of D'air Dance Collective to shine a little more light. Since we LOVE strong, empowered women, please welcome Jessica Mannara to the blog today!

Hi Jess!

You have built your personal AND profession life around dance, so let me start by asking, why a career in dance?

Since I was little I have always loved to share my passion for dance with others. Dance, in many ways has shaped me into the person I am today. I decided to follow into a career teaching dance because I want be a positive role model for the generations to come!


What does dancing make you FEEL?

Every performance is a different experience. Really it depends on the what I am feeling in the moment. On tough days, dance never seizes to provide me with an overwhelming sense of love and happiness.


Working with girls through significant stages of their personal growth, what tools do you use to positively impact their body image and self-perception?

Expression is key. I am an advocate for expressing feelings. If at any point my students are down. I give them time to talk and relate it to dance and teach how they can express their feelings through movement. 


How can dance help us love ourselves at all ages?

Dance is an encouraging and loving art form. Dance is powerful and can allow any to feel immensely, no matter age or gender. 


What affect do you believe dance has on the soul?

Dance has the power to fill ones body with love, and happiness. Dance makes the soul happy. 


What can someone like me (with no moves) do from home to feel more comfortable moving our bodies in dance?

OKAY! Put on your favourite tune, close your eyes and lay down. When you feel ready slowly start to move different parts of your body and allowing the music to fill your soul. Let yourself fall into the rhythm of the music.  


What three words would you use to define D'air Dance Co?

Encouraging, Welcoming, Home


So thankful for you, sugar.




Although Jess specializes in teaching youth dance classes for girls ages 5-13, she often opens her studio to adults to let loose, learn, and shake their booties in a loving and judgement-free environment. You can connect with her HERE for more info!


Please let me know if you would be interested in a

"dance-party-in-your-undies-love-your-life-girls-night"

with other bright shiny souls and we would be so excited to set it up!

Seriously. (don't be shy).


Love, Light, & Gratitude,


Nicole




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