With the advent of the physical fitness boom of the 1980's, dance has flourished. Ballroom dance in particular, offers a gregarious approach to healthful exercise. Its aerobic effects range from high-intensity to low-intensity, depending on the skill and energy level of the participants and emphasizes the elements of balance, rhythm and coordination. Ballroom dance also encourages creative expression, serves as a social outlet, and is a good release for stress and tension.
Ballroom dancing encourages being in a pleasant environment and unstressful surroundings (large ballrooms) that emphasize proper etiquette and attire, which can be mentally refreshing. The ability to relax is increased because listening to music is often soothing. Many people who participate in ballroom dance find it easier to cope with stress which leads to a more positive outlook on life and increased enjoyment of life.
Ballroom dance is a recreational activity that can also be a great form of exercise. Partner dancing is a great way to blend exercise and recreation because a person can raise their heart rate up to 60 to 70 percent of its maximum. Dancing continuously in partner dancing can result in a low-