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Dancing my way to wellness: Why boogie-ing is better for you than you think


Group dance session.
A group dance session at Dance North in Prince George.

This fall I reignited an old passion of mine: dance. Growing up I spent many hours at my local dance studio practicing jazz and my favourite, ballet. Besides teaching me important aspects of physical activity like coordination and flexibility, dance taught me important things I still appreciate now as an adult.

What dance has taught me:

  • Good posture: I learned to put my shoulders back, not slouch, and stand tall!
  • Musicality: thanks to my ballet training I still enjoy listening to classical music; leading up to Christmas I had the Nutcracker on repeat!
  • Discipline: I learned it takes hard work to learn a routine or new move! I’ve applied this skill to many things since my younger dance days, including post-secondary school and my career.

From ballet to ballroom

Now I’ve traded my ballet slippers for ballroom heels! This New Year’s Eve I’ll be dancing at the Prince George Civic Centre as a member of Boogie with the Stars (BWTS). BWTS is a fun-filled biannual fundraising gala that sees a variety of Prince George community members come together and face off on the dance floor! There are several teams, each one raising money for a different charity. My partner Gurinder and I are Team Wheelin’ Warriors of the North and all of our funds will go to the BC Cancer Foundation. We’ll be dancing a salsa and swing compilation! It’s been fun to take dance lessons again and try something new. Plus I forgot what good exercise dance can be! Have you ever been curious about dance? Here are a couple reasons why you should try it, including a couple benefits I’ve discovered:

Dance partners posing together.
My Boogie with the Stars dance partner Gurinder and I.
  • Dancing moves you. All that boogie-ing and learning new moves counts as physical activity! Time always flies when I’m dancing because I’m having fun doing it. Plus dancing helps you move more which has big health rewards!
  • Dancing is a useful skill. Consider this fact: weddings, parties – there’s almost always dancing involved! Thankfully my partner and I have had good instructors: Boogie with the Stars organizers and Dance North owners, Peter Weedon and Paz Milburn. I know the moves they’ve taught us will come in handy in the future!
  • Dancing connects you. Once a week my partner and I practice in a group setting at Dance North. When we first started, I was surprised to see so many people come out! From young to old, to everything in between, it’s truly a diverse group. I’ve really enjoyed meeting other dancers and getting to know the Prince George dance community.
  • Dancing de-stresses. Sometimes it just feels good to shake the bones and bust a move! When I dance, I can’t help but smile which makes me feel good. This has been great for avoiding that stressful, sinking feeling that can happen during busy times of the year - especially the holidays. It’s also helped me stay connected during the winter months.

Now that the NYE countdown is on, my partner and I are continuing to practice hard. Whether you have experience or not I’d encourage anyone to give dance a try! Are you part of a dance group in your community? What kind of dance do you enjoy the most?