1) IT INCREASES CREATIVITY
Increased creativity in the workplace can lead to innovative ideas, new solutions to old problems, and all kinds of lightbulb moments. Swing dancing is an incredibly creative dance, getting you to think in different ways all the time and work with songs of different tempos and styles – it’s a great way to get the creativity flowing!
2) IT’S ALL ABOUT TEAMWORK
There’s nothing like good teamwork. Working together, problem solving as a group and having a common goal are what all offices strive for. Well, that’s exactly what it’s like in swing dancing! In dance you need to learn to get along with your partner, know when to listen and when to speak, and you work together to create something. Whether it’s a shared project or a 3 minute dance, team work operates the same way.
3) IT’S GREAT FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Swing dancing is all about making quick decisions – you have mere moments to interpret signals and decide what they mean and where to put your feet and move your hands. Practising these decision making skills sharpens your mind – in both the short term and the long term! Studies show that regular dancers are less likely to get dementia, so you could be seeing the benefits of dancing well into the future.
4) IT’S GREAT EXERCISE
Studies show that exercise increases productivity in the workplace – getting your mind on track as your body gets in shape. And it’s no secret that swing dancing is great exercise! A twirl around the dancefloor might be just what you need to get your mind back in focus and your productivity levels up.
5) IT BUILDS STRONG RELATIONSHIPS
Swing dancing is all about connecting with people, and there’s science to back it up! Activities like dancing release oxytocin – a hormone that is key to bonding with other people, and it’s been found that higher levels of oxytocin leads to better interpersonal relationships. Considering how much time we spend with our colleagues, these kinds of relationships are very important for a happy workplace, and there’s no shortage of research that talks about this.
6) IT’S A LOT OF FUN
Never underestimate the importance of fun! Studies have shown that more fun in the workplace leads to increased loyalty and productivity as well as reduced absenteeism. It’s pretty hard to catch someone swing dancing without a smile on their face, which sounds like a tell-tale sign of fun to us.