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‘DWTS’ Pro Shares Benefits of Ballroom Dancing

Ballroom dancing is practiced in almost every country around the world and is becoming more and more popular in North America with the television show Dancing with the Stars.

Many people would argue that dancing is not a sport, but it actually takes just as much skill and works different muscles in your body that other sports do not. It is also unique in that it is not only a physical sport but a social sport.

With more than 12 different styles, ballroom dancing is one of the best ways to stay physically and mentally fit. You will be looking better and feeling better while having a blast at the same time. Here are five of the many benefits of ballroom dancing:

1. It increases endurance. Ballroom dancing is an anaerobic exercise, which means you will be able to work hard for increasingly longer periods of time without fatigue. Keeping your heart rate consistently elevated will drastically increase your endurance.

2. It develops muscle tone. Ballroom dance moves work multiple muscles in your body unlike familiar exercises, such as walking, jogging or cycling. You’ll be working muscles that you never knew you had, overall being more toned than ever.

3. It strengthens the core muscles of your abdomen and back. Ballroom dancing involves lifting and dipping your partner, getting a great upper body workout while keeping your heart rate up.

4. It is beneficial for the mind. Ballroom dancing will take your mind off of reality, giving you great stress relief and a positive spirit.

5. It improves coordination. Ballroom dancing involves moving your whole body, thus improving eye-hand coordination. So really, it improves your ability to do any physical task.


The two-part season finale of Dancing with the Stars begins Monday, November 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

About Keo Motsepe

Whether performing the eloquent moves of Rumba or flying atop the explosive progressions of Jive, when Keo steps on the stage he brings with him an exhilaration and passion that has been electrifying audiences since he was a child.  Catapulted onto the competitive amateur dance scene at the age of eleven, Keo represented his home country of South Africa in international Latin Ballroom dance competitions, reigning for eight straight years as the South African Latin Dance Champion. In 2012, Keo made history by becoming the first South African to join the Burn the Floor world tour and now is making history once again by becoming the first South African to join Dancing with the Stars.