It can be really easy to just stick to what you know, especially if you are good at it. But the only way to grow as a person and dancer is to keep trying new things and step out of your comfort zone. A great way to do this is simply by learning a new dance style. Here are some reasons why you should try out a new style in dance.

1. Find Your New Favorite Style

You know the saying “You never know unless you try”? Well, it’s true! If you really enjoy ballet then maybe you could try lyrical, and you could end up loving it even more than ballet. Or on the other hand, maybe you try a new style and realize you like what you already know best. This is good too, because you know you tried and didn’t like it.

2. Make New Friends

The best way to meet new people and make new friends is by trying new things. Any chance to expand your dance community it a chance for new perspectives, new skills, and new friends. Finding your people is as simple as starting with a common interest, and you know you all love dance!

3. Become a More Well-Rounded Dancer

The best dancers have trained in multiple different styles. This allows you to do things such as pick up choreography faster, get more job opportunities, and push the limits of your dance abilities. If you plan to become a professional dancer, it helps to know multiple dance styles in order to expand the auditions you are able to attend. Plus, it never hurts to learn more ways than one to express yourself through something you already love. 

4. Dance Skills Build on One Another

Some dance styles such as ballet and lyrical have similar components, which means when you learn one it’s easier to learn the other one. This can be really helpful if you keep trying out new styles and realize some similarities between the two. Learning a new style doesn’t always mean starting from scratch!

5. It Could Inspire You

It can be easy to get burnt out, especially if you do the same thing every day. Repetition can make some people get tired of something, no matter how much they love it. So, if you mix it up and try a new way to move your body through dance, that might be just what you need to reignite your spark for dance.

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Trina Hannah is a graphic design major and dancer at Siena Heights University. She loves all things creative including photography, painting, and writing. Trina has a passion for helping other young women build up their self esteem and chase their dreams all while making a positive impact.