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Want to get rid of the butterflies in your stomach every time you talk to a new person or get on the dance floor? There are ways you can overcome that shyness — it’s a learned skill. This year is the year to do something about it!

How Dance Helps You Overcome Shyness

There are many people who come to a dance studio in hopes that dance will help them overcome their shyness. If you google “how to overcome shyness, you will find:

  1. Act confidently. Confidence comes through action, learning, practice, and mastery.
  2. Engage.
  3. Try new things, even if they make you anxious.
  4. Talk.
  5. Make yourself vulnerable.
  6. Practice displaying confident body language.
  7. Be mindful.

You can achieve every point on this list by trying a dance lesson, especially if you don’t consider yourself a “dancer.”

Why Arthur Murray?

The best thing about dancing with Arthur Murray is you can be yourself while learning to do just that. You will find an opportunity to be in an environment that’s a no judgement zone. You can enjoy the company of others who are in the same exact shoes that you’re in, are just as nervous as you are, and experiencing the same kind of fears that you may feel when you step onto the dance floor. Bottom line: you are not alone.

If dancing makes you anxious, the best thing to do is take a dance lesson in an environment that you feel comfortable in. Most students find the very act of standing up straight and not looking at your feet (the first thing any good dance teacher will tell you) makes them feel more confident, capable, and outgoing.

Whether just looking for something new to do or trying to transform yourself from inside out, everyone at Arthur Murray is here to encourage you and to get you closer to your dreams of feeling comfortable in your own skin and out on the dance floor.

Written by Jindalae Suh for Arthur Murray Central New Jersey