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“I want to be more confident.” A phrase that probably everyone has said to themselves at one point in their lives. How does one build confidence? Can self-confidence be learned?

Confidence is a Learned Skill

The answer is, of course. Dance is a great way to build confidence socially, physically, and mentally.

Internal Factors

Confidence is a two-way street; it comes from the inside out and the outside in. Developing a better attitude about yourself is one part of the puzzle. Changing attitudes about ourselves can be done by learning a new activity that pushes us out of our comfort zones and out of our own heads, like learning to dance.

External Factors

The other part of the equation is our environment. Being in a positive and encouraging environment will give confidence room to grow. Dance, especially partner dancing, is a highly social sport with a strong and vibrant community. Chances are you’ll meet others who are looking to gain confidence as well.

Dancing give you knowledge, and knowledge is power. The more knowledge you have, the more confidence you have. Because you know how to move your body, how to feel the music, and dance in an artful way, you’ll be able to talk with people, be more social, and have the grace to get out there and have fun.

Written by Jindalae Suh for Arthur Murray Central New Jersey